India inviting 5 global electronics manufacturers to 'Make in India' and export: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Commemorating five years since the launch of the Digital India initiative, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, said, the government is inviting “five global champions” to manufacture electronics in India and export to global markets.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, in conversation with tech entrepreneurs at YourStory's Digital India Townhall
During the exclusive virtual session 'Digital India Townhall' hosted by YourStory Mediaon July 1, 2020, the minister did not name the five businesses, but said the move to invite the global electronics champions is part of the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for large-scale electronics manufacturing.
The PLI scheme is a Rs 50,000 crore initiative approved by the Union Cabinet in March 2020 and launched in June 2020.
“The government is focussing on electronics manufacturing as the nation cannot survive without electronics, right from mobile handsets, smartphones, medical devices, consumer electronics, etc. In India, we have all the human resources and technology needed to focus on electronics manufacturing,” he said.
The minister added that in the past five years, the number of smartphone manufacturers in India grew from two to over 60, and the government now seeks to make Indian companies competitive in global markets.
“India is already making electronic chargers and exporting to China, and some Indian mobile makers are making phones for AT&T in the US. But we have to scale our efforts further,” he said.
In this regard, he emphasised on two electronics manufacturing schemes launched alongside the PLI scheme, i.e, the Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS) and the scheme for modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0).
“If large electronics manufacturing companies come to India, we want to see that ancillary companies and businesses are also benefited. On the back of these schemes, we’re already seeing good response from global companies,” he said.
These schemes are expected to attract investments, boost production of mobile phones and components to around Rs 10 lakh crore by 2025, and create 5 lakh direct and 15 lakh indirect jobs.
In the last five years, the Digital India mission and the effort to boost local electronics manufacturing have been crucial to the Make in India campaign. At present, large electronics manufacturers are looking to move out of China, and are considering setting up shop in India.
This presents a big opportunity for India, which has become the second largest mobile manufacturing country in the world, to leverage its manufacturing and human resource capabilities to become a critical component of the global supply chain in electronics manufacturing.
Between 2017-18 and 2018-19, India’s export of electronic goods increased substantially from Rs 41,220 crore to Rs 61,908 crore.