Govt Poli­cies & Schemes

MeitY to boost ESDM in­dus­try with eight new ini­tia­tives

Electronics Bazaar - - Contents - By Sudeshna Das

Aruna Sun­darara­jan, sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Elec­tron­ics & IT (MeitY), while ex­press­ing her views about the In­dian ESDM in­dus­try at the 2016 ELCINA-EFY Award cer­e­mony, an­nounced eight core ini­tia­tives that will be un­der­taken by MeitY to boost the growth of this in­dus­try.

The eight new ini­tia­tives

MeitY will work jointly with DIPP, NITI Aayog and DoT to cre­ate an en­abling frame­work for the ESDM in­dus­try through the eight core ini­tia­tives listed here.

Ease of do­ing busi­ness: A con­certed ef­fort will be made, start­ing from the na­tional to the state lev­els, and in some cases even at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity level, to en­sure ‘Ease of do­ing busi­ness’. MeitY is go­ing to run a strong and ded­i­cated cam­paign to ex­plain the strate­gic im­por­tance of this sec­tor to the var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in or­der to high­light the fact that the fu­ture of In­dia is dig­i­tal, and this can only be re­alised with elec­tron­ics. The fore­most ob­jec­tive will be to get this mes­sage across in a com­pelling man­ner so that ev­ery state, and not just the proac­tive ones, re­alise how im­por­tant ESDM is for growth, whether it is in terms of em­ploy­ment or im­port sub­sti­tu­tion.

Strength­en­ing the ecosys­tem: Strength­en­ing the ecosys­tem, by ad­dress­ing the gaps with re­spect to sim­pli­fy­ing reg­u­la­tions, in­fra­struc­ture sup­port, etc, is also a pri­or­ity. MeitY will work with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers of the ESDM ecosys­tem to iden­tify and bridge the gaps in the ecosys­tem.

Ad­dress­ing the in­fras­truc­tural in­ad­e­qua­cies: The high cost of In­fra­struc­ture is a key dis­abil­ity hin­der­ing the growth of elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ing in the coun­try. MeitY will ad­dress this is­sue in a fo­cused man­ner, re­gion by re­gion, to en­sure that over a pe­riod of time, these chal­lenges are re­solved.

A mean­ing­ful in­cen­tive frame­work: Those in MeitY have re­alised that a ‘one size fits all’ fixed in­cen­tive frame­work may not be ap­pro­pri­ate for the en­tire in­dus­try’s needs. There­fore, it will cre­ate a mean­ing­ful in­cen­tive frame­work over and above the ex­ist­ing one. The re­vamp will take place with re­spect to en­hance­ments, value ad­di­tion and cus­tomi­sa­tion.

Glob­ally pro­mote the In­dian ESDM in­dus­try: A sus­tained cam­paign to pro­mote the In­dian ESDM in­dus­try abroad will be un­der­taken. MeitY takes fairly large in­dus­try del­e­ga­tions to var­i­ous global in­dus­try events for pro­mo­tional pur­poses. In ad­di­tion to this, other sug­ges­tions from the in­dus­try for at­tract­ing in­vest­ments to In­dia’s ESDM sec­tor will also be con­sid­ered.

Pro­mot­ing In­dia’s R&D ca­pa­bil­i­ties: The In­dian ESDM in­dus­try, which in­cludes the PSUs, is quite ca­pa­ble of de­sign­ing elec­tronic prod­ucts and com­po­nents. Yet, this seg­ment is of­ten very sub­dued even though it can boast of sev­eral top­notch ac­com­plish­ments. Typ­i­cally, these ac­com­plish­ments tend to go un­no­ticed; so MeitY will change

To­day, the elec­tron­ics in­dus­try has be­come a sec­tor of cen­tral im­por­tance not only to MeitY but also for the larger Make in In­dia per­spec­tive

Aruna Sun­darara­jan, sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Elec­tron­ics & IT (MeitY)

this sit­u­a­tion through the right pro­mo­tional frame­work.

Hand-hold­ing the in­dus­try: MeitY is com­mit­ted to putting in place a ded­i­cated hand-hold­ing mech­a­nism to strengthen part­ner­ships within the in­dus­try through the apex in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions in this sec­tor. In fact, MeitY is even will­ing to host po­ten­tial part­ners within the min­istry’s premises so that some of the prob­lems can get ad­dressed im­me­di­ately.

Ad­van­tages of ITA-2: One crit­i­cally im­por­tant area is the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Agree­ment 2 (ITA-2). MeitY will check on how In­dia can re­tain the ad­van­tages of ITA-2.

Mov­ing for­ward

Mov­ing for­ward, MeitY will work to­gether with the in­dus­try and other stake­hold­ers to craft pol­icy frame­works specif­i­cally in some emerg­ing ar­eas like IoT, etc.

Sun­darara­jan strongly be­lieves that the In­dian ESDM in­dus­try is go­ing to be a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the ‘Make in In­dia’ drive and will con­tinue to take the In­dia ad­van­tage story for­ward. She said, “To­day, the elec­tron­ics in­dus­try has be­come a sec­tor of cen­tral im­por­tance not only to MeitY but also for the larger Make in In­dia per­spec­tive.” She also said that this in­dus­try has grown not be­cause of the gov­ern­ment, but de­spite the gov­ern­ment.

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