STPI: Electronic clusters in Telangana, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand under study: STPI DG

Three new proposals from states – Telangana, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand – for the establishment of e-clusters under the amended scheme, are being considered by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), a said a senior official.

“Three applications have been received for the establishment of Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) in the states of Telangana, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra which are being considered for approval,” said Arvind Kumar, Managing Director, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), adding that states such as Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Bihar are in the process of applying for the central programme.

The state-run organization, founded in 1991 to encourage and promote the export of software from India, also offers infrastructure, skills, mentorship and market connection to startups.

“In EMC 2.0, we already have two such clusters already approved with a proposed area of ​​1,040 acres with a development cost of Rs 1,410-crore,” Kumar said.

Furthermore, the official said that it is estimated that more than 45,000 direct job opportunities would be created through the twin clusters.

Under the amended scheme, proposals from Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) have already been approved by the MeitY.

In April, the Center launched the Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) program to compensate for the handicaps faced by the sector, develop a robust electronic manufacturing ecosystem in the country and strengthen the link between the national and international market by strengthening the chain. supply. .

Under the amended regime, 50% of the development cost is borne by the government. With increased reach, EMC 2.0 allows at least 10% to 20% of the entire cluster to be taken over by an anchor or larger unit that would additionally undertake its own investments.

“There is traction around the program, and we make sure there are very clear criteria for success only then the government spends money there,” the official added.

The Union budget – 2022-2023, according to Kumar, emphasizes the use of digital infrastructure for essential services, and a proposal for the creation of a committee of experts would facilitate faster and more efficient investments. frictionless in the technology sector.

The official further said that following the budget proposal for the ambitious launch of the digital currency, the organization would provide the necessary hands-on and support to the startups in line with the government’s vision.

Aggregate exports of IT units and ITes recorded by the STPI increased from Rs 4.74 lakh crores in FY 2019-2020 to almost Rs 5 lakh crores in FY 2020-21.

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