Xiaomi had applied to Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) for opening single brand retail stores in India in March. Now the Chinese smartphone maker has withdrawn its request seeking complete exemption from the mandatory 30 per cent local sourcing norms for single brand retail stores, according to latest PTI report.
Last month, the government has put company’s application on hold and asked Xiaomi to submit additional supportive documents for its application. At the time of applying for the license to open single brand retail store, Xiaomi had stated that it should be exempted from the 30% sourcing norm for a range of products, including Wi-Fi amplifiers, Bluetooth speakers and power banks. The company had applied under the category of “state-of the art” technology. Xiaomi has not provided any statement over the issue.
The latest move comes from Xiaomi after the government rejected Apple’s proposal of exemption from 30% local sourcing condition for retail stores in India. Another Chinese smartphone maker LeEco has also applied for single-brand retail licence in India.