NATIONAL TASK FORCE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
(Constituted under the
authority of the Office of the Prime Minister of India)
Sub: Basic Background
Report (BR-2) for the National Task Force on IT and SD - IT Hardware Development,
Production and Export
The enclosed Basic Background Report (BR-2)
is a summary compilation, classification, reconciliation, integration and technical
editing of various visions and suggestions arising from:
- Proactive initiatives of the Office of the
Prime Minister including vision guidelines for a Swadeshi movement appropriate to
the context of making India an IT superpower in the emerging global village.
- The initiatives of the Planning Commission
including the vision guidelines given by the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission and the
Chairperson of the National Task Force as well as the Co-chairpersons; the Ninth Five Year
Plan Working Group Report on Electronics Industry, especially the reports of the Study
Teams on Capital Goods, Computer Systems and Peripherals, Communication Equipment,
Broadcasting Equipment, Electronic Components, Electronics Production and Exports and
Micro Electronics; Minutes of the meetings taken by the Member Secretary, Planning
Commission on Action Plans.
- Proceedings of the preparatory meetings of
the Task Force on IT and SD held in the months of June and July 1998; the Task Force
Sub-committee meeting chaired by the Finance Secretary and consequent meeting of the Task
Force with the Finance Minister.
- The proceedings of the meeting of the
Committee of Secretaries of 15 Departments of the Government of India under the
chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary; the proceedings of the meetings of the Group of
Ministers consisting of Minister of Finance, Minister of Defence, Minister of Human
Resource Development and Minister of Communications & Information and Broadcasting.
- Gazette Notification No. IT-TF/5/98 dated 25
July 1998 containing the 108 recommendations of the Task Force approved by the Cabinet.
- Report on Electronics Hardware Industry
prepared by the Policy Wing of the Department of Electronics; the Report entitled, 'India
IT Vision 2001 : Action Plan' dated 9 May 1998 prepared by the Information Technology
Group of the Department of Electronics.
- Export and Import Policy : 1 April 1997 - 31
March 2002 (incorporating Amendments made upto 30 April 1998) published by the Ministry of
Commerce, Government of India, available at the Web Site: http://www.nic.in/eximpol
- IT Plan Documents prepared by State
Governments, especially Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajastan,
Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh as well as discussions the Members of the IT Task Force had
with the Government and Industry representatives at Mumbai, Bangalore and Calcutta.
- The Report 'Special Package for boosting
Export of Electronics and IT related Services' dated 14 May 1998, prepared by the
Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council and discussions with the
representatives of ESC.
- The Report 'India's Electronics Hardware
Manufacturing Plan' (EHMP) prepared by the Electronic Components Industries Association
(ELCINA) and discussions with the President of ELCINA.
- Discussions with the President and other
Office Bearers of the Computer Peripherals Manufacturers Association (CPMS)
- A series of six meetings with the President
and other Office Bearers of the Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology
(MAIT); and two major presentations by the President and Members of MAIT in the Bangalore
meeting of the National Task Force on IT and SD with the IT Hardware Manufacturers.
- List of written suggestions sent by the Past
President of MAIT/Director of TVS Electronics Limited, the Managing Director of NDS
Computers (P) Ltd, and other industrialists.
- List of written suggestions sent by the
President of the Telecom Industries Service Association of India (TISA)
- List of written suggestions sent by the
President of the Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA).
- Suggestions from members of the Virtual
Advisory Forum on Hardware of the IT Task Force who responded over the Task Force Web Site:
http://it-taskforce.nic.in and the Sub-set on hardware from out of more than 10,000 suggestions
received on the Web Site of the Task Force Secretariat.
The third part of the Basic Background Report (BR-3) will
be brought out shortly.
The Basic Background Report (BR-2) on IT Hardware
Development, Production and Export represents a paradigm shift from the earlier concepts
and strategies adopted for growing IT hardware industry in India. The Industry as well as
the Task Force is convinced that the past policy framework for IT Hardware Industry cannot
survive the future shock of fast changing prices, technological obsolescence and an
ever-expanding horizon of this highly innovative industry; without creating a proper
investment climate and streamlining the procedures for minimising uncertainty, grey
market, avoidable licensing and purposeless inspection. With the proposed paradigm shift
in the policy framework we can be sure that the Indian Hardwre Industry can positively
show proactive enterprise, 'just-in-time' alertness, market aggressiveness and inventive
resilience. The national strategies suggested in BR-2 addresses these problems. Comments
and suggestions are requested from RIs, NRIs and other well-wishers of India, preferably
before the end of this month.
The Chairperson of the National Task Force on Information
Technology and Software Development has set up a Panel on Development, Manufacture and
Export of IT Hardware with the composition given in the annexure to the Background Report.
The BR-2 will form the main focused agenda for the meetings
of the IT Hardware Panel. The proceedings of the Panel will form the main focused agenda
for the meetings of the Task Force.
Panel on Development, Manufacture and
Export of IT Hardware &
National Task Force on IT & SD
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8 August 1998