‘Create conducive atmosphere for electronic sector’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jun 2017 09:23:09


Business Bureau,

Emphasizing on creation of conducive atmosphere for electronic goods and components manufacturing in the city, entrepreneurs associated with the sector recently observed that the government should set up an electronic clusters as early as possible. While giving recommendations and suggestions to the inter regional committee for development of Vidarbha and Marathwada regions, the entrepreneurs said that the clusters would cater to various requirements of the manufacturers and help them face fierce competition from their counterparts based in other parts of the country.

“As of now, we have to approach units located in cities like Mumbai for carrying out testing and other formalities. It is time consuming process for the regional manufacturers,” said Hemant Kalikar, President of the Electronics Association of Nagpur and Vidarbha Industries Association’s (VIA) core committee for the sector.

He said that that over one hundred electronic component manufacturers of the city desperately need a platform through which they could access technical expertise and also market finished goods.

Kalikar said that various public sector enterprises and government establishments are based in the region which require large quantity of electronic items. “But as these bulk buyers give no preferences to the local manufactures a sizable business goes in favour of other dominant manufacturers. It the government wishes to see growth in the sector, it should take policy decisions and support the local players,” he added.

Kalikar said the electronics sector is one of the big job creating sector for women. “A systematic planning on the part of the policy makers and incentives offered to the manufactures could create huge employment opportunities for women,” he said.

Sandeep Darwhekar, secretary of the association raised a demand for creation of electronic park in Hingna MIDC area. “A dedicated place for the sector would give much needed boost to sector as most of the electronic units are scattered. Besides, he government should attract at least one major electronic goods manufacturing unit here in the region so that ancillary units could flourish around it,” he said.

Darwhekar said wide use of electronics in every walk of life has opened created huge opportunities for the entrepreneurs in the sector. “But unfortunately, we are yet to tap the potential. Interestingly, he large number of engineering colleges based here are producing skilled manpower required for the industry. Part from this, research and development work is also going on in the educational institutions. But there is need for a greater co-ordination between academia and industry,” he said.

The entrepreneurs also urged the government to bring efficiency in customs clearances and encourage regional manufacturing for export of electronic goods.