Department of Electronics and Information Technology to give Preference to Domestically manufactured IT equipments

In terms of the policy for providing preference to domestically manufactured electronic products in procurement due to security considerations and in Government procurement, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has issued two notifications. Notification No. 8(41)/2012-IPHW dated 17.12.2012 provides preference to domestically manufactured Desktop PCs and Dot Matrix Printers and Notification No. 8(41)/2012-IPHW dated 22.1.2013 gives preference to domestically manufactured Laptop PCs and Tablet PCs as per the said policy. The Policy is applicable for Government procurement and will be applicable to all Ministries/Departments (except Defence) and their agencies for electronic products purchased for Government purposes and not with a view to commercial resale or with a view to use in the production of goods for commercial sale.

Some industry bodies from some countries, including the United States of America have opposed the preferential access on the grounds that it is against the concept of the market access for these products under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime. The Policy is in conformance with India™s WTO commitments. The procurement by Governmental agencies is exempted from the provisions of GATT (Article III). Besides, India is not a signatory to Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) of the WTO and, therefore, is not constrained by the stipulations of the GPA. The Policy also does not differentiate between Indian companies and foreign companies and the benefit of the scheme is available to all companies manufacturing electronic products in India without discrimination.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Dr. D Purandeswari in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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