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apple iphoneIn a major setback to the US smartphone giant Apple, the Indian government has reportedly rejected the company’s request to sell recycled iPhones in India.

According to reports, Apple had sought permission from the government to import pre-owned iPhones in the country to court price-concious consumers. However, the proposal was rejected by the government citing rules against importing used electronics.

A similar proposal was rejected by the environment ministry in 2015.

Apple’s proposal was also opposed by domestic phone-makers, who said that selling used iPhones in India will negate government’s Make in India programme.