“With new policy initiatives, we will see a big jump in electronics manufacturing in...

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.

Electronics development fund Rs100 bn proposed for funding R&D activities

The fund will promote innovation, IP, R&D, product development, commercialisation of products, etc, in ESDM, nano-electronics and IT sectors

Govt scheme for workshops & conferences to boost ‘made in India’ brand

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

Srijan: A policy for MSMEs to boost innovation and create business opportunities

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

National policy on electronics: Will it be a game changer?

Will the National Policy on Electronics and the National Manufacturing Policy become strong pillars and support balanced growth across the electronics industry? There have been mixed reactions in the industry

Make full use of government schemes

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

SIDBI’s financing scheme for energy saving projects

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

Can GST unify India?

While the government feels that GST will be the next logical step towards comprehensive indirect tax reforms in the country, it gets a mixed reaction from industry

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