50,000 jobs coming up by December-end in smartphone industry | Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: At a time of massive jobs losses owing in a pandemic-shuttered economy, the smartphone industry, backed by the government is set to produce as many as 50,000 jobs by December-end.
Several domestic and international smartphone makers such as Foxconn, Wistron, Samsung, Dixon and Lava are in the process of either ramping up capacity or setting up manufacturing bases under the government’s Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) and will go in hiring mode soon.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) notified the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing on April 1, 2020. Under the scheme, the government offers a production linked incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract large investments in mobile phone manufacturing and specified electronic components, including Assembly, Testing, Marking and Packaging (ATMP) units. The scheme would tremendously boost the electronics manufacturing landscape and establish India at the global level in the electronics sector, MeiTY said.
Pankaj Mohindroo, president of India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) said that the mobile phone manufacturing industry has seen a growth of 1,100% growth which has not only met the domestic demand but also started exports. The industry is on the verge of “explosive growth” which got delayed due to the pandemic but the industry hopes to add around 50,000 direct jobs by December-end, he further added.
ICEA, in its report on mobile manufacturing after Covid-19 crisis, said that 1,100% growth was achieved during 2014-19 period and the industry will continue to be a crucial source of jobs as the economy reopens. ICEA describes itself as the apex industry body of mobile and electronics industry comprising of manufacturers brand owners, technology providers, VAS application & solution providers, distributors and retail chains of mobile handsets and electronics devices.
India in June launched a Rs 50,000 crore ‘Electronics Manufacturing Schemes’ plan to boost electronics manufacturing in the country, saying it would start by offering sops to global smartphone makers to establish domestic production lines.
Shortly after the announcement, Union Electronics & Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad spoke to ET Now. He said the motive behind launching the scheme is to make India a manufacturing hub. Speaking about PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat or self-reliance push, Prasad said it does not mean an isolated or inward-looking India but pertains to a nation which is strong and self-sufficient in resources.
“We launched this programme to show our intent that India is ready for business,” he said about the Central government’s Rs 50,000 crore or US $ 6.5 billion scheme to boost production of electronics locally.