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Chinese imports severely impacting MSMEs in lighting sector: ISLE

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New Delhi, Feb 12 (KNN) Urging the government to impose ban on the imports of Chinese lighting products, the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers raised that with the cheap and easy imports flowing in from China, the domestic Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are being impacted severely.

The Indian Society of Lighting Engineers urged the government to consider a hike in the import duty for all lighting products and also impose a ban on the import of Chinese products, to align the industry with the government’s flagship Make in India campaign.

Talking to KNN, ISLE President Dilip Khumbat informed that the current situation prevailing in the sector is away from the ease of doing business in the country.

Khumbat said that the small and micro enterprises that used to exist in the sector are now almost vanished and are forced to become traders depending on the Chinese imports that have an easier inflow.

It is very convenient to import and sell since the traders have to face only the customs clearance work as against the MSME industries that have to deal with a number of statutory requirements, he said.

“The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are essential towards generation of employment in the country whereas if the MSMEs keep on turning themselves into trading units, a large chunk of population is to render unemployed”, Khumbat said.

“Also the big companies are to establishing their units in China and bringing their products in the country under their name, there is very little scope for the MSMEs in the sector to survive and do business”.

While on one hand, the government wants the Make in India dream to become a reality, whereas on the other hand the situation is not in line with the motto, the government must consider an immediate ban on the sale on Chinese imports ignorer to prevent lighting and allied MSMEs in the country from getting extinct, he added. (KNN/DA)

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