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Bill to check dual-use tech trade introduced in LS

A bill to tighten control on export of sensitive dual-use technology and enable the government to impose restrictions on import surge for protecting domestic industry was introduced in the Lok Sabha Thursday.



New Delhi: A bill to tighten control on export
of sensitive dual-use technology and enable the government to
impose restrictions on import surge for protecting domestic
industry was introduced in the Lok Sabha Thursday.

"The 17 proposed amendments include imposition of stringent
punishment for those indulging in export violation
in dual-use goods and technology which can be used in weapons
of mass destruction (WMD) and its delivery systems," Commerce
and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said introducing the bill.

The bill has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha.

The amendment to the Foreign Trade (Development and
Regulation) Act, 1992 would also ensure conformity with the
provisions of the law relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction
and their delivery system.

Dual technologies refer to highly strategic sensitive items
which can also be used for making weapons or systems.

He said the definition of technology has been defined in
the bill after consulting the Ministry of External Affairs
and the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

According to Sharma, the import and export codes of those
violating the law could be withdrawn once the proposed
amendments are implemented.

Developed countries like the US have been denying India
access to such technologies which can be also used in weapon
development programmes, besides the civilian use.

The bill also enables India to impose quantitative
restrictions in case of import surges in merchandise trade.
The provision is relevant against the backdrop of surging
imports from China.

Participating in the debate, Arjun Meghwal (BJP) said while
additional responsibilities have been entrusted on the
Directorate General Foreign Trade (DGFT), the body has little
manpower to shoulder the responsibility.

He said unlike other laws, the term `senior officer`
allowed to seize goods has not been defined in the law.

Sanjay Nirupam (Congress) also expressed similar sentiments and
said the DGFT should be provided with more infrastructure.

Shailendra Kumar (SP) said the government should ensure
protection to farmers in a liberalised economy.

PTI

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