Big blow to Make in India as Japanese companies bag all key bullet train contracts
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Big blow to Make in India as Japanese companies bag all key bullet train contracts

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Japanese steel and engineering companies are in the drivers seat to bag major supply contracts for a $17 billion Indian bullet train, several sources said, undermining a key component of Prime Minister Narendra Modis economic policy - a push to Make in India. Japan is funding most of the project, and Japanese companies are likely to supply at least 70 percent of the core components of the rail line, said five sources in New Delhi with direct knowledge of the matter.

A spokesman for Modis office declined to comment. A Japanese transport ministry official involved in the project said the two countries were still working out a strategy for the supply of key components and would unveil a plan for procurements around July. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. The September 2017 agreement between Japan and India for the bullet train project included two clauses - the promotion of Make in India and Transfer of Technology - through which New Delhi had hoped to set up manufacturing facilities in the country, generate jobs and get a toehold in Japanese technology.

Modi faces a general election in 2019 and is under pressure to provide more jobs to millions of unemployed in India. Critics also say the bullet train is wasteful and that the money could be better used elsewhere. "The Japanese have reservations on certain issues because they have a concern that there is a differenc...

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