Tamil Nadu to Announce Electronics Policy in February

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The electronics policy draft of TN government is almost ready, final touches being made before the announcement

The Tamil Nadu government is pushing to make the state a hub for electronics manufacturing. It will announce its electronics policy soon. The policy will be in sync with the National Electronics Policy 2.0 of the Central government.

Dr Santosh Babu, Secretary – IT, Government of Tamil Nadu, speaking at the Global Investors Meet 2019 announced that the state government wanted to compare other similar policies before releasing its policy. He said, “The state is ranked second behind Noida in electronics manufacturing. We want to become No. 1 in the country and the new electronics policy will be focussed towards that”.

The electronics policy draft is almost ready, and it will be announced soon, the secretary added.

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Inputs from industry

Dr Babu informed that the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu has drafted the policy with inputs of industry experts from leading electronics manufacturers, such as Nokia India, Foxconn India and Salcomp.

Sudharshan Pitty, Head – Manufacturing Operations, Nokia India, said that the company’s largest manufacturing facility in volume terms is in Oragadam, near Chennai. Nokia is also one of the first companies to manufacture 3G, 4G and 5G equipment in the country.

Pitty also said that the company manufactures and exports latest telecommunication equipment and supplies its products manufactured in India to more than 100 countries.

Major hub for electronics manufacturing

Sasikumar Gendham, CEO, Salcomp Manufacturing India, said that every second five chargers are manufactured at its lines in Chennai.

Salcomp, the leading global manufacturer of chargers for mobile devices, has around 40 per cent of its overall 140,000 workforce in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Ajai Chowdhry, Promoter, HCL and Chairman, India Angel Network, said that Tamil Nadu has been at the top in electronics manufacturing for many years. However, the state should also look ‘very seriously’ at exports.

He suggested that the state government should develop a complete ecosystem for supporting electronics manufacturing and also take steps in bringing component manufacturers to the state.

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