No Decision yet on Apple’s Demand for Concessions: DIPP
New Delhi: The government has not taken a final decision yet on the concessions being sought by US iPhone maker Apple for setting up a manufacturing unit in India, a top official said .
Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Ramesh Abhishek said that Apple has submitted certain demands for the government’s consideration.
“We had a meeting of all the concerned ministries and departments (on those demands) and we have asked them to look at those issues and take a view. No ministry has yet taken a final decision on any of those. But we are in touch with them,” Abhishek said . He said the government supports all manufacturing, including value manufacturing, in the country by companies.
"So we would definitely like to promote this. So we are coordinating response from all the concerned ministries but no final view has been taken yet on any of those," he said.
The secretary also clarified that the government does not take any policy decision for a particular company.
"Decision is taken for everyone. So no company specific decision can be taken," he said, adding that DIPP has forwarded the requests of Apple to the Department of Revenue also.
On January 25, Apple indicated to the govt that it is ready with a blue- print to begin manufacturing iPhones in India, but wants fiscal concessions, including Customs duty waiver on import of components.
Apple executives made a detailed presentation on its road map for setting up a manufacturing unit in India to an inter-ministerial group headed by Abhishek. With sales tapering in US and China, Apple is eyeing India -- the fastest growing smartphone market in the world -- and looking to set up a local manufacturing unit to cut costs. — PTI