The centre is banning power equipment imports from China, due to the potential citing of cyberattacks, 25 cities across 12 states have been awarded contracts on the real-time power supply and data management, communication infrastructure to Chinese companies. Most of these projects are funded under the central scheme for urban power reforms such as the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), the erstwhile R- APDRP. Under these projects, Chinese companies have access to all power supply feeders, demand-supply information, etc.
“India will not give permissions for equipment from China. India will not allow import of power equipment from China”, Power Minister R K Singh announced on Friday morning, citing the recent transgression in border areas and cybersecurity threats. Impacts from other nations will need permissions. India at present manufactures all that is needed for power generation, transmission, and distribution. In 2018- 19, India imported Rs.71, 000 power equipment of which Rs.21, 000 crores are Chinese. Thus seeing this report R K Singh said, “We cannot tolerate this that you have a country which transgresses into our country and yet we create jobs in that country, when we have the ability to manufacture it in our own country. Any equipment imported will need permission, and we will not give permissions for equipment from China.”
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As Power system is vulnerable to malware attacks, which can shut down our communications, database, and defense systems, and thus all imports need to be inspected and few countries need to be banned. An executive order by the White House in May blocked and mitigated transactions involving bulk- power system electric equipment manufactured or supplied by a “foreign adversary”. The power minister sought support from state governments in stopping imports of tower elements, conductors, transformers, and meter parts which are available indigenously. China is also concerned in the renewable energy sector; moreover, China sells equipment at artificially low rates for dumping and hurting Indian manufacturing. The government’s plan to impose a duty of 25% on solar equipment imports from August 1, 2020, which is proposed to be raised to 40% from the next year.
The government is keeping a close watch on the tendering of Rs.55, 000 crore emission control equipment by the thermal power sector that has placed large orders on Chinese companies in the past and thus now trying to make everything of its own. Most private and various state power companies are in discussion with the Chinese companies for the emission control gear. Power utilities of states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Maharashtra have sought their global bidders for procurement against the Centre’s public procurement norms. While Gujrat has placed an order with a Chinese firm and Haryana has recently cancelled its Chinese order from the Chinese firm.