USB Type-C chargers will be made mandatory as a standard charging port for smart devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops sold in India. According to the government, mobile device makers and other industry stakeholders have reached a consensus to adopt Type-C chargers as a common charging port at an inter-ministerial task force meeting chaired by Rohit Kumar Singh, secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs. The government held wide-ranging consultations to standardise charging ports for all compatible smart devices.
According to Singh, a broad consensus emerged among stakeholders during the meeting on the adoption of USB Type-C as a charging port for electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Further, it was deliberated that a different charging port may be adopted for feature phones.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Indian Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU), and executives from smartphone companies including Samsung and Apple, and hardware companies including HP, Dell and Lenovo.