No Proposal to Ban Import of Electronics From China: Sanjay Dhotre

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Sanjay Dhotre, MoS, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), while replying to a query during a Lok Sabha proceeding on Monday noted that the government of India is not planning to ban the imort of electronics or electronic components from China.

“The government has not proposed to ban the import of electronic equipment and parts thereof from China,” said Dhotre.

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He also pointed towards the steps that the government is taking to reduce India’s dependence on a single source for obtaining electronics and components. Dhotre noted that right steps are being taken to encourage local electronics manufacturing in India. The country’s administration has recently introduced electronics schemes worth Rs 50,000 crore.

India imported Rs 1.15 trillion worth of electronic components

Out of Rs 1.15 trillion worth of electronics components that India imported in 2019-20, 37 per cent were imported from China. The minister of State for Communications and Electronics and IT had revealed these numbers in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

“The shutdown of factories for about two months has impacted the domestic electronics manufacturing sector. According to the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), there will be production loss of 20-25 per cent in 2020-21, compared to 2019-20,” Dhotre had said.

The minister, citing data obtained from the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S), noted that India exported smartphone components worth Rs 56,039 crore during 2019-20. Out of the total amount, smartphone components worth Rs 25,441 crore were exported from China.

The total electronic component imports in India during 2019-20 was Rs 1,15,558 crore, out of which, imports from China were Rs 42,983 crore.

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