The central government has asked industry to submit the detailed list of all the items purchased from China and pinpoint the important items, as a result, the government could bifurcate a category of non-essential imports that could be substituted with domestic products. This is the next plan of action amongst the government steps to reduce countries’ dependence on China in wake of the border crisis.

In line with a decision taken at the highest levels of the government to reduce our dependence on China, the DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) has reached out to trade associations, seeking a list of items imported from China ranging from automobiles, pharmaceuticals, toys, plastics, furniture, etc by Monday,” a senior government official told ET.

The focus has shifted to the private sector after moves to bar Chinese companies from participating in central government contracts.