Govt Wants to Make Industry Aatmanirbhar, Task Force Being Formed: RK Singh

The government aspires to make the industry ’AatmNirbhar’ and I have set up a task force and given them the target of setting up manufacturing zones in the country, says RK Singh, Power Minister.

September 23, 2020. By Manu Tayal

The government aspires to make the industry ’AatmNirbhar’ and I have set up a task force and given them the target of setting up manufacturing zones in the country, says RK Singh, Power Minister.

“If we need to create jobs here then we need to stop spending our money outside the country, in China or in other countries,” added Singh, Minister of Power (MoP) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, while virtually inaugurating the Annual Convention 2020 of IEEMA themed ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

The Minister also urged the industry stakeholders by saying that “the domestic manufacturers should stop imports from countries which are of concern. The government is keeping a strict vigil on imports and will continue to examine such imported equipment with a magnifying glass for years.”

“Our sector is very vulnerable to cyber-attacks. We have connected the whole country into one grid, you bring down one part and rest will collapse, hence we need to check all imports. There is a need of government-industry partnership in the sector,” he added.

According to Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers' Association (IEEMA), the Indian electrical equipment industry is strenuously working hand-in-hand with the government towards the AatmNirbhar mission and is not only capable of meeting domestic requirements, but also continue to export both to the developing and developed countries.

Speaking at the event, RK Chugh, President, IEEMA said, “it was impressive to hear RK Singh motivating IEEMA membership to work on reverse engineering, local innovations and R&D so as to become the hub of manufacturing for global markets. It was very inspiring to know that he is creating a special zone for local manufacturing of items not being made in India at present.”

“IEEMA themed its convention this year as “AatmNirbhar Bharat” to support the Government of India's vision and Mission to make India self-reliant. Minister RK Singh, cited that the economy has to be powerful for India to become stronger and this will be achieved by collaborative partnership between Government and industries,” commented Anil Saboo, President Elect, IEEMA.

On the other hand, Vijay Karia, Vice President, Designate, IEEMA, mentioned, “Government is very serious about partnering with the industry and IEEMA, to help grow the Make in India concept. Promises of land, fiscal and procurement support will hopefully set a path forward for rapid industrialization and innovative technologies. IEEMA is committed to lead the way for the Electrical and Electronics industry, focusing on renewable energy, E-Vehicles and converging technologies for creating solutions for the infrastructure of India. Look forward to electrifying times.”

The Minister also inaugurated the IEEMA’s first Virtual Exhibition, Digielec Bharat, which begins on September 24, 2020 for a period of four days. A two day high-level conference titled “Transforming Business through Technology” is also being organized concurrently on September 24 and 25, 2020.

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