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How mobile manufacturing made the most of ‘Make in India’

August 11, (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/11/2019 12:49:49 PM IST

 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 last four years with more than 95 per cent of domestic consumption now being produced in India,'' Chairman, India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), Pankaj Mohindroo, told. 

''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.

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 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.

Under the scheme, 50 percent of project cost for Greenfield Electronics Manufacturing Clusters and 75 per cent for Brownfield Electronics Manufacturing Clusters is given as grant.

Due to 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.    (IANS)

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