India objects on protectionist policies with US

The government said it has raised issues relating to American policies that are hurting the Indian IT industry with the US government.

New Delhi: The government on Monday said it has
raised issues relating to American policies that are hurting
the Indian IT industry with the US government.

"India has raised issues relating to US policies
impacting Indian industry, including IT and IT-enabled
services industry at various levels with the US government,"
Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya
Scindia said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Scindia was replying to a question whether the government
has raised objections with the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
and the American authorities about the policy on outsourcing
and other protectionist policies being followed by the US.

He said the Indian government has raised the issue at
commerce secretary-level commercial dialogue, at
ministerial-level trade policy forum and on the sidelines of
WTO meetings.

On the response of WTO and the American government, he
said: "The government of USA has not reversed such policies,
so far."

Replying to an another query, Scindia said that
negotiations across various sectors including cars are ongoing
on India-EU Free Trade agreement.

"The government of India is negotiating a bilateral
Broad-Based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) with the
European Union in which so far 13 rounds of negotiations have
been held," he said.

He was replying to a query that whether the import duty
relaxation for luxury cars from the EU under the proposed FTA
proposed to have some riders, including a cap on the number of
cars allowed to enter the Indian markets from Europe by using
the low tariff regime.

PTI

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