A new electronics policy is underway: Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, DEIT
17 October, 2017
We are working on new electronics policy: Official The Narendra Modi government is taking fresh initiatives including data protection law to support the digital economy, a senior government official informed on Thursday. “We are working on data protection Act, which will provide a huge impetus to the digital economy,” said Dr. Ajay Kumar, Addl Secretary, department of electronics and IT, while addressing ASSOCHAM’s 13th National Summit on E-Governance and Digital India. Kumar also informed that his department is coming out with a new electronics manufacturing policy and asked the industry to share its comments on the draft document. “We are working on a new policy which will further spur electronics manufacturing,” he added. The official said that a model Request for Proposal (RFP) is being created for the procurement of IT products. Pointing out that electronics manufacturing has grown significantly in the last couple of years, he said, “We are able to become a significant player in this area”. Making a strong pitch for increasing spending on cybersecurity, Kumar said that his department is in the process of formulating a new policy for procurement of cybersecurity equipment, which would give preference to the domestic industry. He also informed that the government is coming out with a ‘challenge grant’ for the industry to provide solutions for cybersecurity. Emphasising on the business growth potential of the Digital Economy, the official said that digital lockers alone will offer a Rs 12,500 crore opportunity for service providers. Speaking as chief guest on this occasion, KJ Alphons, minister of state for electronics and IT, said that IT never reached the ordinary people and Digital India is the biggest revolution happening in the world. Talking about innovations, he said, “if the government was open to ideas, we could do incredible things.” Speaking at the plenary session, Tanmoy Chakrabarty, Vice President, and Global Head, Government Industry Solutions Unit, TCS, said that Digital India is a vision and it has to convert into a mission.