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India, US discuss issues on National Solar Mission

Domestic issues like hike in visa fee and recent Indian regulations in solar tech policies were raised by India and the US respectively during the high level official meeting on December 10.

With the focus on concerns of various sections in their respective countries, Commerce Secretary SR Rao and Assistant US trade representative Demetrios Marantis discussed issues that were of interest to both the sides.

Additional Secretary in the Commerce Ministry Rajeev Kher said that Americans would raise issues like domestic content in some sectors in India.

India would raise issues such as visa fee. The US also time and again expressed its concern over certain Indian policies in renewable energy and clean technologies that it says inhibit investments by foreign firms, keen on collaboration with local companies.

According to reports, India has an ambitious target of generating 20,000 megawatts of solar power by 2022. The US is especially keen on taking a slice of this market.

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