Tamil Nadu to Announce Electronics Policy in February

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The electronics policy draft is almost ready, and the Tamil Nadu government is giving the final touches to the draft before the announcement

Tamil Nadu government, in a move to make the state a hub for electronics manufacturing, is going to announce an electronics policy in February, which will be in sync with the National Electronics Policy 2.0 of the Central government.

Santosh Babu, Secretary – IT, Government of Tamil Nadu, while speaking at a seminar, said, “We will compare other similar policies and announce ours. 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 the state government is giving the final touches to the draft before the announcement, the secretary said.

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Inputs from industry

The Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu has drafted the policy, by taking inputs from officials from leading electronics manufacturers such as Nokia India, Foxconn India and Salcomp, he informed.

Sudharshan Pitty, Head – Manufacturing Operations, Nokia India, said that the biggest volume manufacturing facility owned by Nokia is in Oragadam. And Nokia is one of the first companies to manufacture 3G, 4G and 5G equipment in the country.

Pitty further said that the company is making the latest telecommunication equipment for the world 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 five chargers in every second are manufactured at 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, for a long time, has held a top position in electronics manufacturing. However, the state should also look ‘very seriously’ at exports.

The State government should develop a complete ecosystem for supporting electronics manufacturing. The state should also take steps in bringing component manufacturers to the state, he suggested.

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