'Made in India' iPhones: Apple in talks to expand India production capacity

IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, May 23 Denying any downturn in Indian information technology sector, Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the industry will create 25-30 lakhs by 2025. According to Nasscom, in 2016, Indian technology startups employed 95,000 to 1 lakh IT professionals, across more than 4,750 start-ups (including ecommerce and hyperlocals).

Pointing out that the software industry may have to change its business model, the Minister said there was a change in trend in the IT sector and jobs were being created out the software industry in sectors such as e-commerce, fintech, start-ups, data analytics and cyber security. While the company appointed Wistron as one of its manufacturing and assembling partners, the Indian government didn't give it a green flag.

He added, "Indian IT companies are spread across 200 cities and 80 countries around the world, which provide direct employment to 40 lakh people and indirect employment to nearly 1.3 crore people. In 2016-17, the industry added 170,000 new jobs". "Tendering has been finalized and BPO centres are in the process of being set up in towns like Imphal, Guwahati, Siliguri, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Gazipur, Unnao, Amravati", said the IT Minister.

India will allow Apple to import some components at zero duty in return for the iPhone maker agreeing to scale up local manufacturing in a phased manner over the coming years, said Aruna Sundararajan, secretary for the ministry of electronics and IT.

"APPLE has started production in bangalore in a modest level".

However, the government has suggested India's own targets. "The idea is provide strategic support to ministries and various departments of the Central Government and state governments through this umbrella organisation".

"There was no consistency in IT procurement".

He stated that "Digital India" campaign was a great success in India as it was empowering people, was inclusive in its nature and was ensuring much-needed change in the country through technological interventions.

Prasad said tech giants had earlier urged the government to bring a model request for proposal to guide organisations across the government and obviate variations, vagaries and uncertainties.

"Hardly 200 locations were effected and they were standalone computers".

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