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India complains US Renewable Subsidies to WTO

India has moved the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the subsidy given by eight US states in renewable energy under American domestic content requirements, the Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday.
•    The eight US states are - Washington, California, Montana, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Delaware and Minnesota.
•    India's complaint is on the grounds that subsidies are inconsistent with world trade norms because they provide less favourable treatment to imported products.
•    According to WTO rules, if consultations fail to resolve the dispute within 60 days, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.
•    The US had, in 2013, brought a complaint against India before the WTO on similar grounds, alleging violation of global trading rules.
•    A WTO panel ruled earlier this year that India's domestic content requirement under its national solar programme is inconsistent with its treaty obligations.

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