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Goa’s new IT Policy to have thrust on ESDM sector: CM

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State to become an electronics hardware manufacturing hub to meet its domestic requirements as well as the global requirements

State to become an electronics hardware manufacturing hub to meet its domestic requirements as well as the global requirements

maitPanaji: Goa will soon come out with a comprehensive IT policy to support the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in the state, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said.

Inaugurating a national workshop on “Electronic System Design and Manufacturing: Advantage Goa” here, the Chief Minister assured the Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body actively representing ICT Manufacturing, Training, IT, Design, R&D and associated services sector, of all support in their endeavour to strengthen the ESDM sector.

The National Workshop was organised under the aegis of the Department of Electronics & IT and the Government of Goa.

Emphasizing that the focus on ESDM should not be only aimed at reducing the trade gap, the Chief Minister said that there was a need to have local base for Electronic System Design and Manufacturing within India in view of the country’s security requirements.

“It is our patriotic duty to promote manufacturing of electronic systems design products in India as most of the security equipment are manufactured in other countries like China which poses a major security threat for the country,” he said. He also pledged his support to MAIT in the implementation of policies.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Mr J V Ramamurthy, President, MAIT and President & COO, HCL Infosystems Ltd said “This initiative under the aegis of the Department of Electronics & Information Technology and the Government of Goa presents a huge opportunity for the State to become an electronics hardware manufacturing hub to meet its domestic requirements as well as the global requirements”.

There was a special session at the Workshop that highlighted the State and Central Government’s initiatives in the ESDM space. Others who also spoke on the occasion included P S Narotra, Senior Director, Department of Electronics & IT and S K Marwaha, Additional Director, Department of Electronics & IT.

This session was followed by a panel discussion on “India – the Electronic System Design & Manufacturing Hub: Opportunities & Challenges”. The discussion was moderated by Shri. Deepak P.Chodankar, Head-R&D, Smartlink Network Systems Ltd and the panellists included Shri Subhash Phaldessai, Chairman, Infotech Corporation of Goa Limited, Shri. Nilesh B. Phal Dessai, Director IT, Government of Goa, Shri P S Narotra, Sr Director, Department of Electronics & IT and Shri Hemant Usgaonkar, General Manager, Siemens Ltd, Goa.

Shri Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director MAIT on behalf of the Indian IT industry, thanked the Govt. of India for giving the hardware sector its rightful due by way of creating conducive atmosphere in the country, what with several policies being implemented at a faster clip. He further mentioned that the ESDM is an idea whose time has truly come.

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