Domestic Contest RequirementThe term ‘Domestic Contest Requirement’ is sometimes seen in the news with reference to
- Developing solar power production in our country
- Granting licenses to foreign T.V channels in our country
- Exporting our food products to other countries
- Permitting foreign educational institutions to set up their campuses in our country
The National Solar Mission or the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (the "JNNSM") adopted by India in 2010 targets generation of 100,000 MW of grid-connected solar power capacity by 2022.
It's an ambitious target in view of India's current generation capacity of approximately 5,000 MW,1 but the intent of the Central Government is reflected in various policies and subsidy schemes floated to encourage the growth of the solar industry.
The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body has declared domestic content requirement (DCRs) in India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) as illegal. Last year in Aug 2015, the WTO disputes panel also ruled that India’s subsidies for solar power contravene WTO trade rules and India must remove the subsidies or face trade sanction.