WTO rules against India in solar power dispute

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India on Wednesday lost a case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) after the global trade body said power purchase agreements signed by the government with solar firms for the ambitious National Solar Mission did not meet international norms.India might appeal against the WTO’s panel ruling, a PTI report said later.The US had filed a complaint before the WTO on this issue in 2014, alleging foreign firms would not be able to take part in India’s electrification programmes and the lucrative government contracts that came with it. It said a clause relating to domestic content requirement (DCR) for the procurement of solar cells and modules under Phase-I and Phase-II of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission were discriminatory and “nullified” the benefits accruing to American solar power developers.

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