While India is already late in realising the importance of electronics manufacturing, Dr Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, Department of Information Technology (DIT) of the Central Ministry of Telecom and IT, Government of India, believes that the nation does stand a chance of becoming a global manufacturing base. “Today, the world is looking at a ‘China plus one strategy’, which will be an advantage for us,” he says. In a conversation with Rahul Chopra of Electronics Bazaar, Dr Kumar speaks about the dire need to strengthen the electronics manufacturing base of the country, and how government initiatives can make this possible.
The fund will promote innovation, IP, R&D, product development, commercialisation of products, etc, in ESDM, nano-electronics and IT sectors
The total outlay of the scheme is Rs 180 million, which will be used for workshops and conferences to boost different verticals in the electronics industry
The scheme provides 80 per cent of the total cost of a project to MSMEs, as well as loans at the rate of just 5 per cent per annum
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While there is no dearth of government schemes and funds for small and big business enterprises, the government should make a concerted effort to not only market them well but also ensure hassle free procedures so that these schemes are utilised to the maximum
The project encourages MSMEs to undertake energy saving investments in plant and machinery, and in production processes that reduce energy consumption and enhance energy efficiency, to increase profitability in the long run