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Kejriwal pitches ‘Make India’ against ‘Make in India’

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday emphasized the need of first “Making India” rather than “Make in India”.

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“Make in India would automatically happen if we first Make India … Make India is to invest in health, education, water, safety, justice and infrastructure,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Claiming people to be the best asset, Kejriwal called for investing on them to make the world follow India. He further tweeted, “pro-people power policy of AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) government is a step towards Make India. All doubts on power front have evaporated in front of honest governance.”

Later, at a programme in Delhi Assembly, he paid tributes to the first speaker of the Central Legislative Assembly (now Lok Sabha) Vithal Bhai Jhaver Bhai Patel and freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh on the occasion of the their 142nd and 108th birth anniversaries, respectively. At the programme, he said, priority should be given for “Making India” rather than “Make in India”.

“If we concentrate on providing proper infrastructure, rendering honest service and ensuring conducive atmosphere for making India then we wouldn’t have to give a call for ‘Make in India’,” Kejriwal reiterated.

The chief minister assured the people present that his government was sincerely fulfilling the desires of the people by providing them a corruption-free nation and good administration. “Whatever we promised to the people, we fulfilled that in true spirit. We are serving the people with full honesty towards fulfilling their dreams,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, AAP said in a statement, “the party is of the view that though the PM is fully justified in making efforts for the progress of the country, any step to invite foreign players shall continue to be a futile exercise till the central government changes its priorities.” The statement further said, “AAP calls upon the central government to help and aid the pro-people policies. The party will propagate its Delhi model – which has proved that increased allocation in basic sectors yields results.”

Lambasting Modi’s ‘Make in India’ pitch in the US, the Aam Aadmi Party said the country lacks essential facilities and needs urgent attention and investment in the fields of health, education, water, safety, justice and infrastructure.

(With inputs from 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)