Apple in talks to expand India production capacity: minister

Alan Olson
May 24, 2017

"Denying the reports of a downturn in employment in the country's IT industry, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said in the coming four to five years, nearly 20-25 lakh additional jobs will be created in the sector". It added 1,70,000 new jobs in 2016-17. "It is robust, slated for great growth and once digital economy ushers then you can fathom its development", Prasad said while sharing three years achievement of the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

Speaking to ET, Sundararajan said the government is trying to reach a common ground with Apple so that the company can start full-fledged manufacturing here.

He added, "Indian IT companies are spread across 200 cities and 80 countries around the world, which provide direct employment to 40 lakh people and indirect employment to nearly 1.3 crore people".

"We are also working with states on creating a virtual skills platform where people can go to acquire new skills or upgrade skills", he said, adding that the industry too will be a part of this initiative. "Tendering has been finalized and BPO centres are in the process of being set up in towns like Imphal, Guwahati, Siliguri, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Gazipur, Unnao, Amravati", said the IT Minister.

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal last week, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to begin shipping the manufactured units in the country within this month.

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"India will become a trillion dollar economy", said Mr. Prasad.

"APPLE has started production in bangalore in a modest level".

Meity also announced restructuring and re-branding of Media Lab Asia as Digital India Corporation, which will function like a professional body for rolling out digital India projects mainly e-governance. "They are in touch with IT secretary for further expansion", Prasad said.

"Indian technology startups employed 95,000 to 100,000 IT professionals, across more than 4,750 startups (including ecommerce and hyperlocals)", the ministry said, citing Nasscom data.

"About 200 locations were there and they were all standalone computers, because we had taken proactive measures from March itself by having the Microsoft patch being installed, by sending advisories".

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