Govt reconstitutes committee on semiconductor fab

Govt-reconstitutes-empowered-committee-on-semiconductor-fabThe government has reconstituted the empowered committee regarding semiconductor fab manufacturing facilities in the country.

The union cabinet, chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi has approved to reconstitute the empowered committee to setup semiconductor fab and has appointed Dr VK Saraswat, member, NITI Aayog as chairman.

Other members of the empowered committee on semiconductor fab include: Dr K Radhakrishnan, former chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); secretary, department of expenditure; secretary, department of industrial policy and promotion; Dr MJ Zarabi, former CMD, Semiconductor Complex (SCL) as technical expert; Prof Narendra Krishna Karmarkar, distinguished visiting professor, IIT-Bombay; secretary, department of electronics and information technology as member convener. The empowered committee may co-opt any other experts.

In 2011 constituted an empowered committee on semiconductor fab to identify technology and investors and to recommend incentives to be provided to set up two fab facilities in the country. This committee submitted its recommendations to the government and based on the recommendations of the empowered committee, the union cabinet accorded approval for establishing two fab manufacturing facilities. One led by Jaiprakash Associates along with IBM (USA) and Tower Jazz (Israel) and the other led by HSMC Technologies India along with ST Microelectronics (France/Italy) and Silterra (Malaysia).

The setting up of semiconductor fab units is a critical pillar required to promote electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) in India which will stimulate the flow of capital and technology, create employment opportunities, help higher value addition in the electronic products manufactured in India, reduce dependence on imports and lead to innovation.

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