Centre Plans to Indigenise Defence Electronic Goods Production

The Government proposes to promote indigenous product development and manufacturing in the entire value chain of the Defence Electronic sector and develop capacities for manufacturing of strategic electronic within the country.

The government proposes to use it to leverage India’s strength in IT / software area to support Aerospace and defence driven Ecosystems. This information was given by Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to N.K. Premachandran in Lok Sabha on January 2.

Following are the steps taken by Government for promotion of domestic electronics manufacturing:

Modified Special Incentive Package (MSIPS) are to provide financial incentives to offset disability and attracts investments in the Electronic Systems Design and Manufacturing sector.

Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) Scheme to provide financial support for creation of state-of- the art infrastructure for electronics manufacturing units.

Tariff Structure has been rationalized to promote domestic manufacturing of electronic goods, including mobile handsets, Televisions etc.

As per extant Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy, FDI up to 100 per cent under the automatic route is permitted for electronic product manufacturing, subject to applicable laws / regulations; security and other conditionality’s.

For promotion of exports in the sector, Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) and Export promotion capital goods (EPCC) are available under Foreign trade policy, 2015-20.

The imports of used plant and machinery having a residual life of at least 5 years or use by the electronics manufacturing industry has been simplified through the amendment of Hazardous and other wastes Rules, 2016.

Notified capital goods for manufacture of specified electronic goods are permitted for import at ‘Nil’ Basic customs duty.

The Department of Revenue vide Notification No.60/2018-Customs dated 11.09.2018 has amended the Notification No.158/95-customs dated 14.11.1995, relaxing the ageing restriction from 3 years to 7 years for specified electronic goods manufactured in India and re-imported into India for repairs or reconditioning.

Steps taken to promote innovation and R&D:

Electronics Development Fund (EDF) has been set up as a ‘Fund of Funds’ to participate in professionally managed ‘Daughter Funds’ which in turn will provide risk capital to companies developing new technologies in the area of electronics, Nano-electronics and Information Technology.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will provide grant-in- aids support to institutes of higher learning like IITs, IISc, Central Universities and R&D Organizations to conduct research in identified thrust areas.

An Electropreneur park has been set up in New Delhi for providing incubation for development Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector which will contribute IP creation and Product Development in the sector.

National Centre of Excellence for Technology on Internal Security (NCETIS) has been set up at IIT-Mumbai. It will address the internal security needs of the nation on continuous basis by delivering technology prototypes required for internal security and to promote domestic industry in internal security.

Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things (IoT) has been set up in Bengalure jointly with NASSCOM.

An incubation centre with focus on medical electronics has been set up at IIT- Patna.

As a part of Government efforts to develop specialized zones dedicated to defence production including electronic industry in defence sector, the Government has announced setting up of two defence corridors, one in Uttar Pradesh and other in Tamil Nadu.


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