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Import curbs on colour TVs to boost local production, says electronics manufacturers’ association

DGFT has put import of colour TVs in restricted category. This means that any import needs prior permission from this body.

August 01, 2020 / 04:53 AM IST

The government's decision to put colour televisions into the restricted category is expected to boost the production of TV sets locally, said Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA).

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a July 30 notification said the import of colour television sets has been moved to the 'restricted' category from the ‘free’ category. This means any company that wants to import a colour TV set has to seek a special license from DGFT for this purpose.

About 30 percent of the televisions sold in India are imported from places like China and Vietnam. The government move is to indigenise the production of televisions and lower the reliance on imports.

Kamal Nandi, President-CEAMA and Business Head & Executive Vice President-Godrej Appliances said the decision is expected to have a positive impact as it will provide a major boost to the indigenous manufacturing and ‘self-reliant’ theme of India.