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EMCs to make state self-reliant in electronics manufacturing

BHOPAL: The Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) coming up at Badwai near Bhopal and Purva near Jabalpur will help Madhya Pradesh become self-reliant in electronics products by attracting IT/EHM investments. Through it, a target has been set to reduce electronics imports to zero. With the first two EMCs of the country, Madhya Pradesh will become a major centre of electronics industry.

The main objective of the scheme is to promote investments in “Electronics Systems Design & Manufacturing” (ESDM). ESDM sector includes telecom equipments including mobile sets, opto-electronics, IT hardware, bio-metric/identity devices, consumer electronics, power supply for ESDM products, medical electronics, semi-conductor wafering, solar photovoltaics, semi-conductor chips and components, FABs for ESDM, LEDs, LCDs, avionics, electro-mechanical components, nano-electronics, e-waste processing, automobile electronics and electronics manufacturing services.

Under EMC Scheme, assistance will be given for a number of activities including construction of internal road, streetlights, water treatment plant, electricity sub-station, backup water plant, warehousing, hostel and mess for employees, ESIC, educational facilities, shopping malls, R&D services, training facility, IT manufacture, telecom, packaging, testing and certification facility, safety, electronics and mechanical properties, RoHS testing, tax support, pollution control etc.

A number of facilities and concessions are being given to electronics industry in Madhya Pradesh. The state government has implemented IT Investment Policy-2014. Under the policy, all facilities are being given through single window clearance. Besides, 5 percent subsidy is being given on interest, 25 percent capital investment subsidy on new units, 50 percent subsidy on stall rentals for participating in IT events, 75 percent rebate on the cost of land, concessions in stamp duty, VAT and CST refunds, reimbursement on skill gap training upto 50 percent of the cost, industry-friendly policy for captive power generation and usage, benefit of entry tax and facilities on expansion and modernisation are major provisions of the policy.

Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate IT Park and EMC at village Badwai near Bhopal on October 6. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will preside over the function.