Industry players launch wishlist for new IT and telecommunications minister


NEW DELHI: With the change of leadership within the ministries of electronics, IT and communications, industry players have expressed hope that the new team will seek to improve the health of the telecommunications sector and to boost the electronics manufacturing ecosystem.
Challenges for new Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and his team at the Department of Electronics and Informatics include implementing new IT rules involving social media companies, sustaining growth in electronics manufacturing and the creation of a growth dynamic for national companies.
Vaishnaw, who also holds the communications portfolio, has his plate full with the impending rollout of 5G, where India lags behind global markets, along with other focus areas such as improving the financial health of the sector and the provision of high-speed broadband connectivity in all villages. , as promised by the Prime Minister.
“As the industry prepares to usher in 5G and catalyze the digital economy, we look forward to working with the new leaders to improve the financial health of the industry and seek their crucial support in building the right infrastructure to revolutionize the industry. “Telecommunications industry body said IBOC Managing Director SP Kochhar.
Previously, the government set a target of rolling out 5G services by the end of 2020, but it has yet to finalize and allocate spectrum for next-generation services.
Vaishnaw’s predecessor Ravi Shankar Prasad took the lead in the implementation of the Production Linked Incentive Program (PLI) which attracted participation from global majors like Samsung, Apple supplier Foxconn and Wistron, among others.
These companies have committed an investment of Rs 11,000 crore under the PLI program to manufacture mobile phones worth Rs 10.5 lakh crore over the next five years.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, companies have approached the government for relief and were recently granted a one-year extension to meet LIP goals.
The president of the electronic components industry body ELCINA, Paresh Vasani, said that the electronics and computer sector has seen a bustling activity in recent years where several programs have been announced for the capital investment, production support and infrastructure and cluster development.
“It’s encouraging and commendable. There have been gaps in the implementation and ELCINA warmly welcomes Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw and hopes that the new Minister will focus on this aspect and facilitate the processes. This will generate confidence and pave the way for more investment, ”Vasani said. mentionned.
Pankaj Mohindroo, president of the body of mobile and electronic device makers ICEA, said electronics and computing together contribute about a fifth of global GDP with a global market capitalization of around $ 16 trillion. .
“So we would expect the leader to be a true visionary with a mix of synthesizing the big picture as well as getting the right details…
“The gains made so far are not insignificant, especially cell phone manufacturing which has grown by 1100% over the past five years, but the real challenge is to make India a world leader,” he said. said Mohindroo.
This is the first time that all ministers of the ministries of electronics and informatics and communications have held technical qualifications.
Bureaucrat-turned-politician Vaishnaw holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering from Jai Narain Vyas University and a master’s degree in industrial management and engineering from IIT Kanpur.
His colleague, Minister of State for Electronics and Computing Rajeev Chandrasekhar graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology. He received a master’s degree in computer science in 1986 from the Illinois Institute of Chicago.
Chandrasekhar has been actively involved in communications, data protection and net neutrality issues as a Member of Parliament.
The Minister of State for Communications, Devusinh Jesingbhai Chauhan, graduated in electrical engineering from a government polytechnic in Gujarat.

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