Government Urges States to Tap Opportunities in Electronics Manufacturing

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday urged states to take a severe take a look at large alternatives in electronics manufacturing house, the place India has confirmed its mettle as an “essential trusted companion” for the world.

He additionally mentioned that having devoted zones in industrial corridors for electronics manufacturing would yield wealthy advantages, together with driving large job creation within the sector.

Mentioning India’s success in electronics manufacturing, and citing instance of how manufacturing traces of, say iPhone, spur employment alternatives, the Minister exhorted states to maneuver swiftly to faucet the “nice alternatives” presenting themselves within the sector.

Talking on the first assembly of Apex Monitoring Authority for the Nationwide Industrial Hall Growth Programme, Vaishnaw, who can also be Minister for Communications, proposed {that a} working group between Commerce and Business Ministry and the Telecom Division be fashioned.

In keeping with him, such a working group will assist in addressing essential points reminiscent of optical fiber ducts and house for 5G telecom towers in a “scientific and methodical means” to make sure strong connectivity in these industrial zones or nodes.

“We now have an excellent alternative as India is being seen as essential trusted companion and the success of electronics manufacturing in final eight years has been watched and skilled by the world … from virtually nowhere, now we have reached USD 76 billion trade in electronics manufacturing at this time, and that is having a double digit progress,” he mentioned.

Vaishnaw additionally urged state governments to take a severe take a look at alternatives that are coming, saying “if we are able to have devoted nodes in these industrial corridors for electronics manufacturing, that will even be an excellent alternative.” The resultant advantages wouldn’t solely be by way of scale of manufacturing, however even in job creation.

“It’s extremely employment-intensive. One line of iPhone usually offers employment to about 5,000 folks. That could be a large quantity … So even when we are able to shift 10-15 traces within the coming couple of years, we could have an enormous employment technology on this sector,” he mentioned.

He urged chief ministers and ministers of assorted states to take a “severe look” in any respect the alternatives within the electronics manufacturing, each from the manufacturing in addition to employment technology standpoint.

The minister noticed that optical fiber connectivity might be an essential a part of your entire planning train, and suggested that provision of ducts alongside the roads in these zones would eradicate the necessity for pointless digging at a later stage.

“So I request, the place we’re developing roads within the industrial zones or within the nodes, please present ducts alongside the roads, and we are able to have coordination between Division of Telecom and Commerce and Business Ministry,” he mentioned. So, wherever the roads are being constructed, the ducts may be constructed proper prematurely so fiber connectivity doesn’t require additional digging every time the tasks are lastly taken to logical conclusion, he mentioned.

In keeping with him, the arrival of 5G would necessitate the necessity for extra telecom towers, nearly 7-8 occasions that of 4G.

“Please present more room for telecom towers. Possibly, if we are able to have a working group of Commerce and Business Ministry and the Telecom Division, so factors of optical fiber cable and telecom towers may be addressed in a extra scientific and methodical means,” he mentioned.

The minister additionally asserted that knowledge centres, particularly edge computing knowledge centres, will play a essential function sooner or later manufacturing for ‘Business 4.0’.

“So I request, plan out for knowledge facilities additionally, like for some other infrastructure. Hold adequate house and double or triple redundancy energy connection for the information centres,” Vaishnaw mentioned.

The assembly was attended by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Business Minister Piyush Goyal, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Suman Berry, chief ministers of various states, together with Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Karnataka, moreover state industries ministers and senior officers.

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