Home Ministry Offers Faster Security Clearances for Electronics 

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The Home Ministry has given a word to facilitate faster security clearances for electronic products adding that the sector, backed by innovation, could have added effort. This has been assured by the Minister of State, Home Ministry Kiren Rijiju.

“My full support is with the sector. If some security policy clearances are required, the home ministry will act soon,” said Rijiju at the Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA) Golden Jubilee event.

However, expressing his dissatisfaction so far, Rijiju said that India could have done more in electronics. “We are giving emphasis on indigenous innovation. For a long-term, we have to ensure products that are made in India. I must say that policies have shaped well,” the junior minister added.

However, expressing his dissatisfaction so far, Rijiju said that India could have done more in electronics. “We are giving emphasis on indigenous innovation. For a long-term, we have to ensure products that are made in India. I must say that policies have shaped well,” the junior minister added.

Following cyberattacks incidences worldwide, there have been concerns over imported electronics goods and equipment, particularly from China.

‘Make in India’ calls for localised production of electronics products with an aim to cut imports to net zero by 2020. With domestic electronics manufacturing, a major focus of Centre, industry players have been seeking sops and tax rebates to further facilitate ease of doing business make sector lucrative to foreign investors. “We are deploying technological solutions for homeland security such as border fencing, and have launched the Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS) last year, and all police stations and offices must be connected to make network robust,” he said.

The government has also recently sought security protocols details from more than 30 mobile devices makers including Chinese firms doing a brisk business in the country. Modi has asked for suggestions from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) to take sector forward and make it more viable as a preferred destination for new investments. The MeitY is working on a new electronics policy that would likely to give further impetus to ecosystem players on the back of prestigious Make in India initiative.

In 2019-20, the department is aiming to produce 50 crore mobile phones with as much as 40% value addition. “We are now entering into a phase of growth and revival. Coming years are far more rewarding,” MeitY additional secretary Ajay Kumar said, adding that industrial electronic production index has demonstrated a growth of more than 20% in the last three years.

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