A review of additional protective duties erected against spirits imported into India is not to be held by the government in New Delhi, the Press Trust of India has reported.

Instead, the central government has defended the imposition of extra customs duty on imported liquor, saying it was necessary to protect the domestic production industry and has added that it was considering imposing a 24% cent flat rate on imported spirits kept in warehouses for more than 30 days.

"The additional customs duty on imported liquor is necessary to protect the domestic liquor industry which is in the nascent stage," the country's director-general of foreign trade, N.L. Lakhanpal has said.

SWINEETHA DIAS WICKRAMANAYAKE