India will not allow Chinese companies to participate in highway projects,
including those through joint ventures, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said amid
border standoff with China.Gadakri also said the government will ensure that
Chinese investors are not entertained in the MSME sector as well..
The Senior minister's assertions assumes significance after he faced the
wrath of his own party men for having taken up the cause of Chinese goods being
delayed at Indian ports due to detailed clearance process adopted by the
customs. Mr Gadkari had written to his cabinet colleague and finance minister
Nirmala Sitaraman to intervene and clear the Chinese goods as this would affect
the domestic industry.
"We will not give permission to joint ventures that have Chinese
partners for road construction. We have taken a firm stand that if they
(Chinese companies) come via joint venture in our country, we will not allow
it," Gadkari said in an interview
to a news agency.
Policy will be out
soon banning Chinese firms and relaxing norms for Indian companies for
participation in highway projects
The Minister said a policy will be out soon banning Chinese firms and
relaxing norms for Indian companies to expand their eligibility criteria for
participation in highway projects. Currently only a few projects which were
undertaken much earlier involve some Chinese partners. The new decision will be
implemented in current and future tenders.
With regard to existing tenders where the chinese companies had won the
bids, Gadkari said rebidding would be done if there are any Chinese joint
We have taken a decision to relax norms for domestic companies to ensure
that they qualify in bidding in large projects.
"I have directed the Highways Secretary (Giridhar Aramane) and NHAI
Chairman (SS Sandhu) to hold a meeting for relaxing technical and financial
norms so that our companies can qualify to work," he said.
Even if we have to go for foreign joint venture in the areas of technology,
consultancy or design, we will not allow Chinese," the Minister said.
would not be allowed
About the MSME sector, Gadkari said the effort is to enhance the capacity
of local production but at the same time foreign investment is being promoted.
He however made it clear that despite decision to encourage foreign investment,
Chinese investors would not be allowed.
On stopping of consignments from China at Indian ports, the minister said
there is "no arbitrary stopping of goods" at Indian ports and the
government is initiating path-breaking reforms to help MSMEs and businesses in
a bid to make the country self-reliant.
The imports from
China will be discouraged
The imports from China will be discouraged and the country will take large
strides towards self-reliance," the Minister said and added that he is
among the strongest proponents of 'self reliance.
Gadkari said that he had only urged departments concerned(Customs) to
expedite clearance of consignments which were booked two to three months in
advance before the situation took its present shape.
After a representation from a farmers and traders' body that imported
agriculture equipment consignments were delayed at ports, Gadkari in a letter
to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Commerce and Industries Minister
Piyush Goyal had sought early clearance of the said consignments.