The central government has taken another major step towards becoming self-reliant amid the battle against Coronavirus. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has announced restrictions on imports of colour televisions sets on Thursday. The move is aimed at increasing domestic production and reducing imports of non-essential products. The government’s move is considered as another strike on China.
DGFT issued the notification regarding this:
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has issued a notification regarding the restrictions on the import of colour television. According to the notification, the import of colour television has now been banned from the free category. The restricted category means that importers will now have to get a license from the DGFT and the Ministry of Commerce for import. India mainly imports colour television from Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and Germany, and China. The restrictions imposed by the government will affect the TV sets of 36 cm to 105 cm and LCD TV sets of less than 63 cm.
Imports of TV worth $ 781 million in 2019-20:
Colour TV worth about $ 781 million was imported in FY 2019-20. This includes the import of colour TVs worth about $ 428 million from Vietnam and $ 293 million from China. Panasonic India CEO Manish Sharma says that this will positively impact domestic products and consumers will get high quality assembled TV sets.
Earlier India banned 59 Chinese apps:
Since the border dispute between India and China at the Galwan valley of Ladakh, the government has been very strict about China. The central government first banned China’s 59 apps. The apps includes short video apps like TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser, UC News. Apart from this, the government has also imposed many types of restrictions on Chinese companies.