Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Apple in talks to expand India production capacity: IT Minister

Apple last week started making iPhone SE at its Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron’s plant in Bengaluru Apple in talks to expand India production capacity: IT Minister
Derrick Tucker | 24 May, 2017, 12:15

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the union minister for Electronics and IT, said, Apple Inc wants to expand its contract manufacturer Wistron's facility in Bengaluru and exemption is given only to the components which could not be made in India.

"It will implement Digital India in a professional way".

However, the government has suggested India's own targets.

The new policy would bring uniformity in software procurement in various state and central government departments.

On the eve of three-year completion in office, the Narendra Modi government is apparently in damage-control mode, at least when it comes to the crisis facing the IT industry and jobs at stake. "The Digital India footprint was expanding day by day", he said. The principal industry body has confirmed that the industry continues to be a net hirer and 2.5 to 3 million new jobs will be created by 2025.

In a statement, his ministry said that contrary to shrinking job opportunities in the sector as portrayed by the media, the sector added 1.7 lakh employees during 2016-17 and six lakh in the past three years. Indian IT sector employment prospects, both in the near and long-term are expected to be broadly positive and encouraging for the future.

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"There was no consistency in IT procurement".

The ministry also released a new software procurement policy to provide a level playing field for all stakeholders by determining appropriate, pre-qualification and technical evaluation criterion. It will also push banks to introduce 10 lakh PoS systems and 20 lakh Aadhaar Pay PoS systems by September.

Apple is ready to manufacture its entire product range in India, but has sought a 15-year tax-free window for importing critical components.The government has, however, said that Apple will have to abide by India's indigenisation roadmap.

Banking backbone The government is looking to get primary agriculture credit societies (PACs), crucial for loan disbursements in rural areas integrated with the backend of district central cooperative banks.

The IT minister said that investment proposal in electronics manufacturing has increased to Rs 1.43 lakh crore.

Rs 48,000 crore, the highest ever allocation under the scheme.

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