Three new proposals for setting up electronics clusters from states of Telangana, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand are under consideration by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) under the (electronic manufacturing clusters) EMC 2.0 scheme.

As per Arvind Kumar, director-general, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), three applications have been received for setting up electronic manufacturing clusters (EMC) under the EMC 2.0 scheme in the states of Telangana, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra which are being reviewed for approval. In addition, states such as Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Bihar are in the process to apply for the Central scheme.

Kumar further added that two such clusters under the EMC 2.0 scheme have already been approved with a proposed area of 1,040 acres and a development cost of Rs 14.10 billion.

Under the modified scheme, proposals from Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIDC) and Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) have already been approved by the MeitY.

In April, the Centre launched the Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme to offset disabilities faced by the sector, and to develop a robust electronics manufacturing ecosystem in the country, and to fortify the linkage between domestic and international market by strengthening supply chain.

Under the modified scheme, 50 per cent of the development cost is borne by the government. With an increased scope, the EMC 2.0 allows at least 10 per cent to 20 per cent of the entire cluster to be taken up by an anchor or bigger unit which would further undertake their own investments.