AP will become electronics manufacturing hub: Prasad
Union Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Postal Services, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, has said thatAndhra Pradesh is all set to become a major electronics hub.
Addressing the gathering after laying stone along with Union Minister for Urban Development Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu for the Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) centre for Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) here, Mr. Prasad said there is huge scope for manufacturing of electronic products in the country including telephones, LED lights, Set top boxes and TVs.
He said that mobile phone manufacturers are setting up production centers in the state at ‘the Sri City’. About 10 crore mobile phones were manufactured in the country in the last two years.
The State government allotted 13 acres of land at Gambheeram IT SEZ for the centre free of cost and the Central government is setting up SAMEER centre with an investment of Rs. 80 crore.
Mr. Prasad stressed the need for microwave engineering research and studies. As the present and future generations completely depend on the electronic gadgets, equipment and defence material the SAMEER would study the capacity of the waves and release of the radiation. During the past one-and-a-half years, there was a sea change in the development sector across the country. All the leading nations have been looking at India because of Modi’s visionary administration, he added.
At present India has 100 crore mobile connections and 40 crore Internet connections. However, the department predicted that the net connections would rise to 50 crore by 2017-end. But the connections would cross that figure with Mr. Modi and Mr. Chandrababu Naidu’s vision this year itself, he added.
Mr. Prasad announced that if the Andhra Pradesh government provides suitable land, the Centre would
set up Electronic Clusters on priority. He also announced an e-commerce centre in Guntur and Parcel Hubs at Tirupati, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. With successful results of fiber network through electricity poles in Andhra Pradesh, the minister said that he would order implementation of the same across the country.
As part of the computerization of over 1.6 lakh post offices across the country, all the post offices in Andhra Pradesh would be computerized with online facility on priority. He also promised the State government that an exclusive telephone exchange would be set up at Amaravati, the planned new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, immediately. A new policy is on anvil on the Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) for implementation across the country. Once the policy was launched, the ITIR would be announced for the State, Mr. Prasad assured the state.
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said that the AP was having intellectual capacity with well-disciplined character. He requested Mr. Prasad to announce the ITIR to the state as promised earlier. In the coming years, India was expected to import about $4,000 million worth electronic goods from various nations. Given a chance, 50 per cent of the products would surely be manufactured in the state itself. The Chief Minister offered a house site to Mr. Ravi Sankar Prasad to settle down in the city.
Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said that since Mr. Narendra Modi and Mr. Chandrababu Naidu have similar ideology and vision, very soon India would be the first destination for investments from across the globe.
Visakhapatnam MP Mr.K.Haribabu, ministers Mr.P.Raghunatha Reddy, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao and senior officials of the SAMEER were present.