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BCD Announcement This Week? Speculation Reaches Fever Pitch, Again

A report in BusinessLine, quoting sources in the MNRE, has speculated on the possibility of Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on modules and solar cells finally being announced this week. Readers will recall that the announcement was widely expected in the Union Budget in February, but was conspicuously missing. The report quotes its sources as saying […]

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Budget 2021. Familiar Tussle Between Developers And Manufacturers

As the 2021 budget comes around on February 1, it is widely considered to be one of the most critical of the century, coming as it does after the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still to end. While the start of vaccination has brought in a semblance of control back to the government on its future, […]

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SPDA Makes a Case for 18 Month Deferment of BCD On Solar Equipment

Just a week after the manufacturers association, the All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA) made a plea for 50 percent BCD at the earliest, comes the rejoinder from Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA). The SPDA is a national association representing India’s ‘upcoming’ solar power generators and developers, and says that the Government must reconsider its […]

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With Focus On Chinese Imports, Familiar Tussle Returns For Solar Sector

Imports in the solar sector, where Chinese origin equipment is said to account for anything between 78 percent to 85 percent of equipment used, are back in focus. Reports quoting sources say that the government has sought product-wise details of cheap imports, comparison with domestic prices and tax disadvantage, if any, from industry to curb […]

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BCD Status. Only Quantum The Issue

In what is now becoming the most common way to pick up views of the ministry, yet another Webinar, Amitesh Kumar Sinha, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has clarified yesterday that a decision will be taken on Basic Customs Duty, and soon. The issue is, in some way, a foregone […]

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