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Taskforce to boost electronic industry

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Chief Secretary will chair the taskforce; it will offer suggestions on taking policy decisions

Chief Secretary M. Sathiyavathi with Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics, and J.V. Ramamurthi, president of Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology, New Delhi, at a workshop in Puducherry on Thursday.— Photo: T.Singaravelou
Chief Secretary M. Sathiyavathi with Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics, and J.V. Ramamurthi, president of Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology, New Delhi, at a workshop in Puducherry on Thursday.— Photo: T.Singaravelou

Chief Secretary M. Sathiyavathi said on Thursday that a special taskforce would be set up to boost the electronic and system manufacturing industries in Puducherry.

Delivering the special address at a national workshop on “Electronic System Design & Manufacturing: Advantage Puducherry,” she said that the taskforce would consist of government and industry representatives. The Chief Secretary would chair the taskforce to help to take speedy steps and quick decisions on various matters related to the industry. It would also offer ideas and suggestions on taking policy decisions.

She added that there was a great scope for the electronic and system manufacturing industry with utilisation of electronics being prolific in many fields and industries, including automobile and medical sectors. Puducherry was in an advantageous situation in hardware industry and it should make use of it. Hence, the government had planned to come out with a new policy for hardware industry. It would pave the way for a conducive atmosphere for investors. The policy would not only remove bottlenecks and address the grievances but also stimulate growth.

Pointing out that a few hardware industries had shifted their base from Puducherry, Ms. Sathiyavathi said the government was keen on bringing them back. Proactive steps taken by the government would regain the glory of Puducherry as far as hardware industry is concerned. It had also set up the process in motion to establish an Information Technology park here. A portion of the space or built-up area could be allocated for hardware industry.

She added that the administration had already approached a number of airline operators to operate smaller aircraft from Puducherry to various destinations, including Bangalore, Tirupati, Tiruchi, Coimbatore and others. Some of them had shown interest to start service from Puducherry airport.

Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics, in his keynote address, said it was estimated that the demand for electronic-related goods would touch $400 billion in 2020. As per the current trend, Indian companies might not able to produce more than $100 billion in 2020. There was a huge demand for semiconductors, telecom equipment, computers, medical electronics and automotive industries. The LED market has been flourishing exponentially in the recent years.

Considering the potential, the Union government evolved a new policy to boost the electronic manufacturing industries to tap the growing market. It would facilitate captains of industries to expand their operation to electronic manufacturing industries. A special attention was made to produce skilled manpower to suit the sector.

W.V.R. Murthy, Secretary, Industry; Raajiv Yaduvanshi, Secretary, Finance, Puducherry; J.V. Ramamurthi and Anwar Shirpurwala, president and Executive Director Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology, New Delhi, spoke.

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