The Centre will invest Rs 200 crore in establishing National Informatics Centre at the electronics manufacturing cluster (EMC) and IT park in Badwai, Bhopal, whose foundation stone was laid by Union communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday. Prasad also laid the foundation stone of a similar venture in Jabalpur. The two EMCs will be the country’s first and are expected to generate about 17,000 jobs.
"Currently, India imports electronic products of $100 billion, and in future it would increase four times. On August 15, Prime Minister announced that electronic products like LED, SIM card, mobile phone and others would be manufactured in India and exported to other countries. The development of Jabalpur and Bhopal EMCs and IT parks is the first step towards it," he said. The minister also announced to open an academy of skill development for electronics manufacturing in Madhya Pradesh.
In an indirect reference to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government doesn't believe in talking much like a tall Congress leader. Our government believes in working towards development of the country. The work which we have done in the last three months, the Congress failed to do in the past 10 years. In the last three months, Modi's government has initiated several projects to digitalise the country. Prasad also praised Shivraj Singh Chouhan, saying he is "the only chief minister who always shows optimistic attitude towards development of the state."
Chouhan thanked the Union government for opening projects in MP. "All the renowned industrialists are coming to participate in Global Investors Summit (GIS) as they are seeing good prospects of investment in MP. The companies which would invest in Madhya Pradesh would get subsidies in land purchase and other facilities. The incentives like single window clearance system would help industrialists to establish their companies without any hassle," the CM said.
Speaking at Jabalpur, Prasad asked Chouhan for steady monitoring of the upcoming EMCs. The Centre, he said, will extend all sorts of help to start manufacturing of electronic goods in the EMCs. These EMCs are part of the Prime Minsiter’s dream of making the country "digital India", he added.
On the occasion, he announced to set up the National Law Institute at Jabalpur and the ICT Academy in Madhya Pradesh for providing advance training to college teachers in electronics. He also stressed need for electronics hardware production in the country.
In defence sector, 60% electronic components are used and there is need to think in direction of indigenous manufacturing of such components, he said. Prasad drew attention of the students present at the function towards the PM's slogan of IT+IT=IT (India's Talent +Information Technology = India's Tomorrow).