The Union Cabinet approved a Rs 12,195-crore Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for ‘Make In India’ manufacturing of telecom and networking products. This scheme aims at supporting companies engaged in manufacturing of specified telecom and networking products in India such as switches, routers, radio access network, wireless equipment and other Internet of Things (IoT) access devices.
The implementation of these incentives is expected to offset huge imports of telecom equipment worth more than Rs 50,000 crore and reinforce it with Made in India products both for domestic markets and exports. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated, “In the coming five years, we hope to have incremental production of Rs 2.44 lakh crore and export worth Rs 1.95 lakh crore.”
Electrical Research and Development Association too contributes to this noble initiative towards creating an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat.’ ERDA, Vadodara has been recently accorded with the Certificate of Designation as Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) by Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC). With this accreditation ERDA has opened its doors to Telecom manufacturers for TEC accredited Testing of telecom equipment.
Under this approval, ERDA is authorized to conduct varied testing on all telecom equipment under three broad categories:
-EMI/EMC Testing for Telecom Equipment
-Environment testing of Telecom Equipment
-Information Technology Equipment- Safety Measures.