The government is contemplating a new electronics policy that could further push its Make in India initiative, and also strengthen its position as a large exporter besides being a vibrant manufacturing hub. The policy could come into effect by early 2018, according to reports.
Furthermore, in a separate order issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), the production of smartwatches, CCTV cameras, iris scanners, among other electronic products will now fall under the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The development was first reported by Medianama.
Manufacturers of the above electronic products will not be allowed to import any non-compliant product for sale in India. Other products listed include fingerprint scanners, LED lights, plasma television sets, video display units, barcode scanners, adapters for electrical appliances, UPS, inverters, and so on. The government’s cautious stance is believed to be an attempt to curb cyber attacks and data breaches, which seem to have become very common now. Interestingly, last month, MEITY had ordered more than 20 smartphone companies to submit details of their security structure. ALSO READ: Indian government sends notice to 21 companies including Xiaomi, Vivo, Apple over hacking fears: Report
While the new policy on electronic products is expected to further incentivise domestic phone manufacturers, the government is also steering its attention towards a new and upcoming area, i.e. meditech devices. “The idea is that we have reached a certain level of momentum, now how do we take off from there… Now we have to see how we can give focussed attention to all these areas and build them as significant areas and grow the rest at the same time,” Ajay Kumar, additional secretary, MEITY, reportedly said. ALSO READ: Majority of Indians find homegrown products more reliable than Chinese
As far as new products coming under the ambit of the Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 order, the government announced that: “For all the goods mentioned, the latest standards as published & notified by BIS from time to time would apply on expiry of six months from the date of notification of such standards by BIS. For goods already registered till such time, the surveillance testing as and when carried would be as per the latest standards,” the MEITY order stated.