The Centre has already taken initiatives to promote the Make in India and Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign to reduce the usage of Chinese products and services in the country amid the ongoing economic conflict against China. Monday’s clash at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley – the worst in nearly five decades.
After the Ladakh’s clash between Indian and Chinese troops, there has been a call for boycotting Chinese goods and services. The government said today, all foreign firms registering fresh products for sale in India will have to mention the “country of origin” in the Government e-Marketplace, as per new rules.
“Sellers, who had already uploaded their products before the introduction of this new feature on GeM, are being reminded regularly to update the Country of Origin, with a warning that their products shall be removed from GeM if they fail to update the same,” the government said.
The sellers will also have to mention the “percentage of local content” in the product, the government said, so the buyers can make an informed choice.
“With this new feature, now, the Country of Origin as well as the local content percentage are visible in the marketplace for all items,” the government said.
“More importantly, the ‘Make in India’ filter has now been enabled on the portal. Buyers can choose to buy only those products that meet the minimum 50% local content criteria,” the statement added.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd was also directed by the Indian government not to use Chinese equipment in its 4G upgradation in view of security issues.
The government, meanwhile, decided to “firmly tell” the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd not to use Chinese equipment in its 4G upgradation in view of security issues.
A Chinese firm given a Rs 471-crore railways contract was shown the door “in view of poor progress”. Industry chambers has welcomed the move of the government and the economic wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. “The government should extend the rules to all platforms so that consumers get a choice not to buy Chinese products,” Ashwani Mahajan, co-convenor of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, was quoted.