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WTO ruling aside, India’s DCR was a badly designed policy tool: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled a...

WTO ruling aside, India’s DCR was a badly designed policy tool: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled a...

Jasmeet Khurana, associate director, consulting, Bridge to India. Twitter: Jasmeet Khurana On 24th February 2016, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against India - declaring Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) as an illegal policy for India’s solar allocations. India has used DCR as a policy mechanism to support and promote domestic manufacturing. The government hoped that, in time, it would help create a domestic manufacturing base for 4-5GW of production capacity a year. However, it has only served to provide indirect subsidies to help some companies who might have otherwise perished in the global supply glut of 2012-13. 400MW of projects were completed under DCR category in 2015. Another 2GW of DCR capacity is in the pipeline for projects expected to be commissioned over 2016 and 2017. The DCR policy has allowed existing cell manufacturers such as IndoSolar, Tata ...

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