Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India needs to end its dependence on imports of all equipment, including solar panels. India is stimulating plans to cut its reliance on China for power equipment amid poaching border tensions that had mounted to a deadly crash last month, claiming the lives of 20 Indian soldiers. Modi also expects the move to create more jobs as India recovers from the COVID-related lockdown
Modi said several steps are being taken to increase domestic manufacturing, and it has been decided that the government’s departments and institutions will only buy locally manufactured solar cells and modules. As part of the plan to cut imports from China, the government is planning to enforce a list of approved manufacturers for government-supported schemes in the clean energy sector, including projects from where electricity distribution companies procure electricity for supply to their consumers and want states to follow the proceedings.
India plans to force more tariff and non-tariff barriers to check imports from China as part of its economic strategy amid tensions along the India-China border.
Modi said that for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat, self-reliance on electricity is very important. India is evolving a strategy of not using Chinese equipment and technology within thepower sector, and funding finance for promoting local power equipment usage and usage and prior-permission requirements for imports from countries with which it's a conflict. The plan also involves getting equipment and material locally and increase domestic capacity. India is among the top five countries in terms of solar power generation, Modi said and added that solar power is “sure, pure and secure".