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Lucknow: Is all well in Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party? While officially, party leaders scoff at reports of “naraazgi” (anger) between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav (MSY), events over the last week suggest to the contrary.

And it all seems to have been triggered, in the long term, by the continuous “needling” of MSY, sources say and of late the expulsion of three closest party leaders of the chief minister – Anand Bhadauria, Sunil Yadav ‘Sajan’ and Subodh Yadav.

On Friday, as PWD minister and MSY’s younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav signed the letter of the trio’s expulsion, the ruling party was jolted like never before.

While the official line was that the party leadership acted against the young leaders for their “anti-party acts in the gram pradhan polls”, insiders say it was a result of the power tussle between the two generations in the family. “It is a public humiliation of Bhaiyya Ji (as the chief minister is called) by the elders in the family and does not augur well for everyone”, said a close aide of Akhilesh Yadav.

Insiders admit that the chief minister was very miffed by the fact that the three leaders, who have been with him before the party stormed to power in 2012, were not suspended but expelled from the party. While the matter was discussed with Akhilesh by Shivpal and Mulayam, a source told IANS, the chief minister had walked out of the close door meeting when it was decided to boot the three young leaders out.

In fact, Akhilesh, known for his smiles and keeping calm publicly is so angry that for the first time since he was sworn in as the chief minister, he skipped the Saifai Mahotsava for two consecutive days. With the annual cultural jamboorie a family affair, the absence of Akhilesh has not been missed by old-timers and many feel that the 42-year-old might have finally thrown in his towel.

Sources say that while Akhilesh, like an obedient son, has been overlooking public reprimands of his father, much to his embarrassment, though, this time, the “wound is much deeper”.

“See, the chief minister is trying to do some good work, many development projects are on the roll, the general perception about the government is improving…in such circumstances, such developments bode ill for him and the party,” a close friend of Akhilesh said.

Mulayam in the past, on at least four occasions, has publicly chided the chief minister, leading to resentment in the rank and file. Many say, if there were indeed some issues between the two where they differ, the discourse should be at home rather than at public platforms.

“Such things hurt the party’s image and I am sure rattle the confidence of the young chief minister,” a senior minister said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak saw it as a “tussle for power within the Yadav clan”.

“The knives are out in the open and the fight for supremacy has begun. There has always been simmering tension between the two camps, it’s just that now it is in open and very evident,” the BJP leader added.

A close associate of Mulayam however, claimed that ‘Neta-Ji’ was right in expelling the three young leaders as he has never tolerated anyone who is detrimental to the party.

“Netaji can never be wrong or against his son. Wasn’t he who appointed Akhilesh as the chief minister” the associate asked, adding that while there may be serious differences between the two, nothing was alarming!

Budayun MP and cousin Dharmendra Yadav claimed that the chief ministers “was just busy and not angry” and that he will soon be seen in Saifai. Close officials say it is all temporary and that “things will be sorted out soon.”

For now, however, these voices of sanity comes across as not very reassuring!(Mohit Dubey, IANS)

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Make in India Most Beneficial For Mobile Manufacturers

How mobile manufacturing made the most of 'Make in India'

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India is today the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world after China. Pixabay

From just two mobile phone manufacturing units in 2014 to 268 mobile handset and accessories manufacturing units in 2019 which has led to 95 per cent of mobile phones sold in the country being produced domestically, the star in India’s “Make in India” story is indeed shining.

In fact, India is today the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world after China. “India has achieved tremendous success in mobile phone and component manufacturing in the last four years with more than 95 per cent of domestic consumption now being produced in India,” Pankaj Mohindroo, Chairman, India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), told IANS.

“Our domestic market viz-a-viz domestic manufacturing is saturated and we have set our sights on a target of Rs 7.7 lakh crore of exports by 2025,” he added. According to a survey conducted by mobile industry body ICEA, the 268 mobile handset and accessories manufacturing units employ about 6.7 lakh people.

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In India, 268 mobile handset and accessories manufacturing units employ about 6.7 lakh people. Pixabay

So today the phones that most Indians hold in their hands are made in India, thanks mainly to schemes such as Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) to provide financial incentives across the ESDM value chain to compensate for cost disability in manufacturing and Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC).

Launched in 2012, the M-SIPS, provides capital subsidy of 25 per cent for electronics industry located in non-SEZ (Special Economic Zone) areas and 20 per cent for those in SEZ areas.

The Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) scheme, which was also launched in 2012, encouraged entities, including state governments, to provide good quality infrastructure within a cluster.

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Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the new hub of mobile manufacturing in the country over the past few years. Pixabay

Under the scheme, 50 per cent of the project cost for Greenfield Electronics Manufacturing Clusters and 75 per cent for Brownfield Electronics Manufacturing Clusters is given as grant. Due to the focus on “Make in India” and “Digital India” programmes, Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the new hub of mobile manufacturing in the country over the past few years.

In July 2018, Samsung launched the world’s largest mobile factory in Noida. The new facility was set up with the aim of doubling its capacity for mobile phones in Noida from 68 million units a year to 120 million units a year, in a phase-wise expansion to be completed by 2020.

Besides Samsung, most Chinese smartphone makers which now dominate the Indian market – Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo — also produce their phones in the country. Apple has already started the assembling of iPhone 7 at its supplier Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru. Production of cellular mobile handsets in volume terms reached 225 million units in 2017-18, as compared to production of 60 million units in 2014-15.

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The National Policy on Electronics 2019 has set the aim of promoting domestic manufacturing and export in the entire value-chain of ESDM (Electronics System Design and Manufacturing) for economic development to achieve a turnover of Rs 26 lakh crore by 2025. This will include targeted production of one billion mobile handsets by 2025, valued at Rs 13 lakh crore, including 600 million mobile handsets valued at Rs 7 lakh crore for export.

India currently has over 450 million smartphone users. The number of smartphone users in the country is expected to reach 859 million by 2022, according to an ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study. (IANS)