The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has taken up the matter of including IT and telecom products in the list of essential items which will allow their sale through retail stores and e-commerce platforms during the lockdown.

In a recent meeting with electronics manufacturers, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the requests regarding broadening the definition of essential goods to ICT products, retail /online sale of ICT essential goods, authorized sales and services of ICT essential goods have already been taken up with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Industry associations including ICEA, MAIT, ELCINA, IESA, CEAMA, CII, IAMAI, TEMA, PHD Chamber of Commerce were part of the meeting.

Further, Prasad instructed the ministry officials to extend full support to the industry and liason with states and union territories for reopening of electronics manufacturing facilities.

The minister reminded companies that under the recently notified schemes, the government will provide a financial support of Rs 500 billion to the electronic system design and manufacturing ecosystem and requested the industry to take advantage of the new schemes and attract global investments.

Additionally, the minister also emphasised the role of the medical electronics industry that is on the brink of a complete turnaround.