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India to stop import of power equipment from China, Pakistan: Power Minister R K Singh

Lawstreet Journal 4 Jul 2020 8:08pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Executive India to stop import of power equipment from China, Pakistan: Power Minister R K Singh

Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy- RK Singh on Friday (July 3, 2020) said that India will not import any power equipment from China and Pakistan without advance government permission. 

Power Minister R K Singh said the decision was made on account of an inspection of all imported power equipment for malware that can be likely used to trigger electricity grid failures in the country.

In a virtual press conference with power ministers of states and Union Territories, Singh asked the state discoms to not give orders for supply of equipment to Chinese firms. 

At the state energy ministers conference chaired by Power Minister R K Singh, he remarked, "We manufacture everything here. India imported Rs 71,000 crore worth power equipment including Rs 21,000 crore from China." 

"This (huge import of power equipment) is something we cannot tolerate that a country will transgress into our territory.... we will not take anything from China and Pakistan.", he said.

Singh further stated, "we will not give permission for import from Prior Reference countries. We are affected. There could be malware or trojan horse in those (imports from China) which they can activate remotely (to cripple our power systems)," while added, "your discoms order equipment from Chinese companies. We request you not to order from Chinese companies." 

He emphasized that under Atmanirbhar Bharat mission India will not import any equipment from China which is accessible in India and will go for inspection of imported equipment and machinery. Based on inspection, the government can deny the import… Continue Reading...


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