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India, US contesting seven disputes under WTO: Commerce Ministry

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and the US are contesting seven disputes at the Trade Organisation (WTO) in areas including poultry, and export incentives, Parliament was informed Monday.

These seven cases "pertain to poultry and from the US, countervailing duties against India's export of products, measures against import of solar cells and modules under National Solar Mission," of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

The other cases include the US's Sub-Federal Renewable Energy Programmes, United States' measures concerning non-immigrant visas, India's export promotion schemes and United States' tariff hike on and aluminium products, he said.

The US has challenged certain export promotion schemes of and "there will be no effect to the GST refunds provided to the exporters under the GST Act as GST issues have no linkage with this dispute," he added.

considers that it does not provide any WTO non-compliant subsidies for exports, he added.

Replying to a separate question, the said that India's trade deficit with (RCEP) members stood at USD 105 billion in 2017-18.

RCEP mega trade pact aims to cover goods, services, investments, economic and technical cooperation, competition and intellectual property rights.

The bloc comprises 10 Asean members (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam) and their six FTA partners - India, China, Japan, South Korea, and

To another question, Chaudhary replied that the ministry has received proposal from for handing over some pieces of salt department lands at to Municipal Corporation of Greater for public purposes.

"One proposal from the Revenue and Forests Department, Government of has been received regarding transfer of 80.98 acres of salt pan land ... to Municipal Corporation of Greater (MCGM) for dumping of refuse, solid waste treatment plant and allied processes," he said.

The land, he said, requested for transfer by is under litigation with regard to ownership issue.

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First Published: Mon, December 17 2018. 22:00 IST