PM stresses on manufacturing base improvement

By 2020, it is estimated India will be importing electronics worth $300 b

PM stresses on manufacturing base improvement

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday emphasized for need for encouraging domestic manufacturing base in electronics and telecommunications to mitigate burden of growing imports for the sector.

"India needs to develop a strong domestic manufacturing base in electronics and telecommunications," Singh said in his inaugural address at the industry event 'India Telecom 2013' held here.

He said by 2020, it is estimated India will be importing electronics products worth about $300 billion, which will be more than the value of the country's imports of petroleum products.

"We need to act now to avoid a situation where we face difficulties in financing these huge imports. India should have manufacturing facilities which result in a balanced trade in electronics products and are a part of global supply chains," Singh said.

Talking about policies in the telecom sector, Singh said National Telecom Policy 2012 has brought clarity on number of issues in the sector.

Elaborating on use of telecom technologies for modernising systems, Singh touched upon Telecom Ministry's plan to provide 3G connectivity with computers for students.

"Combining a computer with 3G connectivity can revolutionise the delivery of education.
Students can learn the subject of their choice from quality teachers without leaving the place of their residence. I am told that the Telecom Commission is working on such possibilities and I wish them all success in this noble endeavour," he said.

The Ministry is learnt to be in process of developing a project under which a tablet PC will be given to students with 3G connection. But the proposal is yet to receive nod of inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission after which it may have to seek approval of Cabinet for final implementation.  

Comments (+)