As per industry sources, leading electronic manufacturers have urged the government to allow the opening up of manufacturing and retail shops, especially for mobile phones in the next few weeks.

To this end, various industry association representing the electronic manufacturers met with Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and IT.

The industry participants included Indian Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA), Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA), India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), Manufacturers Association for Information Technology (MAIT) and Consumer Electronics & Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA).

The industry associations have proposed that the government can take a phased approach, where retail stores are opened in semi-urban areas and towns, and e-commerce is opened in metros. Enterprise ICT sector catering to data centres and control rooms can also be opened up fully as it has limited public interface and will not compromise the fight against COVID-19.

Further, the industry representatives have put forth “Restart, Restore and Resurgence” model to capture the global opportunity in electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector.