India’s Mobile Phone Exports Rise, Imports Decline

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Mobile manufacturers produced goods worth Rs 35,000 crore and invested Rs 1,300 crore in the December 2020 quarter, notified the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

India exported mobile phones worth $1.7 billion during the April 2021-September 2021 period. These figures in 2017-18 were around $0.2 billion. The numbers were revealed by Anupriya Patel, Commerce and Industry Minister of State for India. She was replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The country also imported mobile phones worth $0.5 billion during the same time frame. India had imported mobie phones worth $3.5 billion in 2017-18.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology (MeitY) had approved 16 eligible applicants under the PLI Scheme for mobile phones. Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing notified on first April 2020,extends an incentive of four to six per cent on incremental sales (over base year) of goods under target segments that are manufactured in India to eligible companies, for a period of five years subsequent to the base year (FY2019-20).

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The approved companies under the PLI Scheme are expected to lead to total production of more than Rs 10,50,000 crore (Rs 10.5 lakh crore). Out of the total production, the approved companies under mobile phone (Invoice Value Rs 15,000 and above) segment have proposed a production of over Rs 9,00,000 crore.

The approved companies under Mobile Phone (Domestic Companies) segment have proposed a production of about Rs 1,25,000 crore and those under Specified Electronic Components segment have proposed a production of over Rs 15,000 crore.

Mobile manufacturers produced goods worth Rs 35,000 crore and invested Rs 1,300 crore in the December 2020 quarter, notified the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in an official statement.

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, in his 15 August speech had said that India is now importing mobile phones worth over $3 billion. The country, as he mentioned, used to once import mobile phones worth $8 billion about seven years ago.

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Mukul Yudhveer Singh is an Editor at EFY. He’s an experienced business journalist who is both an enthusiast and a cynic of technology. Believes in data, as well as hunch-based journalism. He defines journalism as- reporting facts which help the audience take their own decisions, not ones that influence them!

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