Government Plans To Develop Electronics Component Manufacturing Base In India
A vendor shows a smartphone circuit board to a customer at a mobile phone repair store. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Government Plans To Develop Electronics Component Manufacturing Base In India

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The government is now working on policies to develop electronic components manufacturing base in the country and encourage exports, secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and IT Ajay Prakash Sawhney said.

“From near assembly, we are right now moving in that direction seriously with policies to bringing sub-assemblies..., component manufacturing in India,” Sawhney said at the Digital Governance Tech Summit.

Once printed circuit board (PCB or the motherboard) assembly takes off in India, it will not only cater to the mobile phone segment, but also other major electronic devices, he added.

The last five years, the MeiTY secretary said, witnessed a resurgence of manufacturing in India, starting with assembling of mobile phones.

“From around six crore mobile phones that were being assembled in 2014-15, we closed the last financial year with assembly of 29 crore mobile phones within the country. Our entire consumption for the country is about 33-34 crore a year,” Sawhney said.

With spurt in electronics manufacturing, the government is increasingly trying to bring supply chain in the country, the secretary said.

The new technologies are of utmost importance for Digital India and delivery of e-governance services, Sawhney said.

On this occasion, NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant said it is not possible to become a manufacturing nation without adopting modern technologies like artificial intelligence or without adopting machine learning.

“You know, there is one study that says in 2020, artificial intelligence will generate a $15.7 trillion economy which combines the output of both the U.S. and China put together,” Kant said.

Also read: Falling Renewable Prices To Aid India Achieve Its Clean Energy Target, Says Amitabh Kant

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