In my previous article, I mentioned about ‘Make in India’ initiative will come into play to curb costs of transducers which will be used in Ganga clean-up initiative. So ‘Make in India’ is NDA Government’s flagship campaign intended to boost manufacturing industry in India and attract Foreign Investors.
Currently, manufacturing industry contributes just over 15% to India’s GDP. So the aim is to grow this to a 25% contribution which will be on par with other Asian Countries. This initiative will also help government to generate jobs, as discussed earlier it will also help to attract FDI and transform India into a manufacturing hub.
For this campaign, government has identified 25 sectors or industries where in all likelihood there will be high foreign investments. Automobiles, Aviation, Defence, Biotechnology, Electronics, Renewable Energy are few sectors which has been identified as priority sectors.
Make in India campaign was launched in September 2014, if we see from October 2014 to April 2015, India has seen 48% of growth in its FDIs. In 2014-15, the country witnessed unprecedented growth of 717 per cent, to $40.92 billion of investment by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) Services sector ($3.2 billion), telecommunication ($2.8 billion), trading ($2.7 billion), automobile industry ($2.5 billion), computer software and hardware ($2.2 billion), drugs and pharmaceuticals ($1.5 billion) and infrastructure construction ($0.75 billion).
Following are the steps which government will be taking or already done:
- Make in India campaign portal has been launched and is available 24*7
- In July 2015, Government launched Skill India campaign.
- Individuals aged 15-35 years would get high quality training in the following key areas such as welding, masonries, painting, etc.
- Skill certifications would be given to make training process, a standard.
- Over 1000 training centers would be opened across India in the next 2 years
Under Make in India campaign, Government has also included M2M technology. In May 2015, government announced a roadmap to make use of such technology under a reference document called ‘National telecom machine-to-machine roadmap’. Government will also include M2M devices in Preferential Market Access policy that gives weightage to indigenously made products and has plans to frame suitable radiation guidelines for M2M devices based on research and studies by relevant bodies.
To proliferate the M2M ecosystem, the government will take a number of initiatives for formulation of processes and guidelines related to service, guidelines, last mile services and data and privacy protection. Apart from these, government will be launching national M2M numbering plan this year, formulation of M2M service provider registration process, issuance of guidelines for M2M specific KYC, SIM transfer, international roaming among others. The Department of Telecom will work on all the aspects regarding M2M communications and will also hold inter- ministerial consultations as per the requirements.
M2M will be the key enabler for the government vision of ‘Digital India’, “Make in India’ and proposed smart cities in the country. Adoption of M2M-based applications in areas like healthcare, tele-education, smart grid, smart building and smart city, have enormous potential to boost the socio-economic development of the country.