The Indian government is quite enthusiastic towards make in India initiative. Recently, it has offered a proposal of electronic chip manufacturing units in the country and also announced that one can acquire any semiconductor making companies from all over the world. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) is quite agreed to incentivise and attract investment in setting up Electronic Chip Plants in India.
“The Meity invites expression of interest (EoI) from companies/consortia desirous of setting up/expansion of existing Semiconductor wafer/device fabrication (FAB) facilities in India or acquisition of Semiconductor FABs outside India,” the EoI document said.
Meity said the need to set up semiconductor plants assumes significance in view of the fact that India is poised to increase its share in global manufacturing of mobile phones, IT hardware, automotive electronics, industrial electronics, medical electronics, IoT and other devices in the near future as it aspires to have $400 billion of electronics manufacturing by the year 2025.
The government had approved two semiconductor units in 2013 with an investment of around Rs 63,000 crore. However, both the units could not be set-up due to lack of electronics manufacturing ecosystem in the country and policy-linked market support.
Along with the production linked incentive scheme for electronics manufacturing, Meity had announced the scheme for promotion of manufacturing of electronic components and semiconductors (SPECS) as well with a budget outlay of Rs 3,285 crore spread over a period of eight years but no electronic chip manufacturer has shown interest in the scheme yet.
January 31, 2021 will be the last date for submitting the proposal.
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