In the context of which of the following do you sometimes find the terms ‘amber box, blue box and green box’ in the news?

[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2016 Prelims]

(a) WTO affairs

(b) SAARC affairs

(c) UNFCCC affairs

(d) India-EU negotiations on FTA

Answer: (a)        

Explanation:

World Trade Organisation (WTO)

  • In WTO terminology, domestic subsidies in agriculture are identified by “Boxes” namely Green Box, Amber Box & Blue Box.

​Amber Box:

  • All domestic support measures that distort production and trade (with some exceptions) fall into the amber box.

Blue Box:

  • It refers to a category of domestic support or subsidies under the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture.
  • This is the “amber box with conditions” – conditions designed to reduce distortion.
  • Any support that would normally be in the amber box, is placed in the blue box if the support also requires farmers to limit production.

Green Box:

  • Subsidies that do not distort trade or at most cause minimal distortion are placed in Green Box.
  • These subsidies have to be government-funded (not by charging consumers higher prices) and must not involve price support.

Consider the following statements:                                                                   The Parliament of India can place a particular law in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The validity of a law placed in the Ninth Schedule cannot be examined by any court and no judgement can be made on it. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Consider the following statements:                                               

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Consider the following statements:                                                         The Parliament of India can place a particular law in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The validity of a law placed in the Ninth Schedule cannot be examined by any court and no judgement can be made on it. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Consider the following statements:                                               

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