States call for sus­pend­ing trade with Chi­nese firms

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - HT Correspond­ent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

ON SATUR­DAY, HARYANA AN­NULLED TWO TEN­DERS FOR IN­STAL­LA­TION OF SYS­TEMS AT ITS THER­MAL POWER PLANTS AT HISAR AND YAMUNANAGA­R

NEW DELHI: Some states have started plan­ning to can­cel con­tracts with Chi­nese com­pa­nies and in­structed per­son­nel to re­move China-made apps from mo­bile phones amid grow­ing clam­our to boy­cott goods pro­duced by the neigh­bour­ing coun­try af­ter clashes in Ladakh left 20 sol­diers dead.

On Satur­day, Haryana an­nulled two ten­ders for in­stal­la­tion of flue gas de-sul­phur­iza­tion (FGD) sys­tem at their ther­mal power plants at Hisar and Yamunanaga­r. The works un­der the two ten­ders car­ried a fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tion of about ~780 crore, Haryana gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said, adding that more con­tracts with Chi­nese firms would be can­celled in the next few days.

Ut­tar Pradesh took a sim­i­lar tough line. “Ut­tar Pradesh will not pur­chase any Chi­nese stuff for its en­ergy sec­tor,” said state power min­is­ter, Shrikant Sharma. “We will see to it that even the ven­dors do not sup­ply any goods that are made wholly in China or use any part of it made in China,” he said on Fri­day. His coun­ter­part look­ing af­ter in­dus­trial devel­op­ment in UP, Satish Ma­hana, how­ever, said on Sun­day that end­ing con­tracts with Chi­nese com­pa­nies can have le­gal im­pli­ca­tions.

“Such things (can­cel­la­tion of Chi­nese con­tracts) can­not hap­pen overnight as such deals have le­gal is­sues,” he said.

Bi­har chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar ex­pressed strong sen­ti­ments against the use of Chi­nese goods but his gov­ern­ment has not is­sued any spe­cific or­der in this re­gard. “There is need for re­view­ing pre­vi­ous trade agree­ments in a bid to en­sure that Chi­nese prod­ucts are not used,” Ku­mar had said at the all-party meet­ing called by PM Naren­dra Modi.

Bi­har in­dus­try min­is­ter, Shyam Ra­jak, said there was no role of the state gov­ern­ment in ban­ning Chi­nese prod­ucts. “Any for­eign firms in­vest­ing in the state has to get clear­ances from the Cen­tre,” he said. On Sun­day, Ut­tarak­hand gov­ern­ment in­structed of­fi­cials to find out which Chi­nese com­pa­nies have been given gov­ern­ment con­tracts.

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