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‘India won’t import power equipment from China’

Union Power Minister R.K. Singh on Friday said India will not import power equipment from China, saying the sector, being strategic and essential, was vulnerable to cyberattacks.

At a virtual conference with the States, the Minister said equipment imports from China and Pakistan would not be permitted.

The State power distribution companies should not place orders with Chinese firms for equipment.

Highlighting the need for self-reliance in the sector, Mr. Singh said the country’s power equipment import bill was about Rs. 71,000 crore during 2018-19, including purchases worth over Rs. 20,000 crore from China, even when the country had manufacturing facilities. As the sector was vulnerable to cyberattacks, Mr. Singh said, the imported equipment would be checked for any malware like Trojan.

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