Rs 1 lakh crore electronics manufacturing proposals for India: Prasad


New Delhi: Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad revealed India has received Rs 1,00,000 crore in the last fifteen months as investment proposals for electronics manufacturing in the country,  said on Thursday.

“I am happy to announce that in the last fifteen months, investment proposals worth Rs 104,000 crore have been received for electronics manufacturing in the country,” Prasad said at an International Chamber of Commerce event here supported by industry chamber FICCI.

Ravi_Shankar_Prasad_At_OfficeThe proposals come from various companies for electronics manufacturing under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS).

The scheme, originally approved by the government in 2012, provides capital subsidy of 20 percent in special economic zones (SEZ) or 25 percent in non-SEZ units engaged in manufacturing of electronics items. In July, the NDA government extended the MSIPS policy by five years.

In the recent period, global majors like Xiaomi and Motorola, along with Lenovo, commenced assembling smartphones in the country through contract manufacturing by Foxconn and Flextronics respectively.

“The Make in India programme evolved out of the initiatives taken for electronics manufacturing. When I assumed charge as minister last year, there were only two electronics clusters in the country. Now there are 20,” Prasad said.

He pointed out that the Digital India programme was transformational and designed to bridge the divide between the “digital haves and have-nots”.

“The common man is using digital technology for doing business and for his empowerment. In the prime minister’s scheme of things, Digital India is for the poor and the underprivileged,” he said.

“Digital India is politics neutral, ideology neutral, centre-state neutral. It is India positive,” he added.