IESA has been engaging with the central and state governments to
create a favorable ecosystem for the semiconductor and ESDM
industry in India. Governmental support is critical for the growth
and sustenance of the industry. IESA regularly represents the
industry at various forums within the government. As a knowledge
partner on the sector, IESA has helped provide strategic direction
to government initiatives.
A key aspect of the IESA-government interface is to provide the
solar PV industry the necessary representation during policy
formation. IESA has led strategic level interactions on solar PV at
the highest level across ministries and departments.
At the state government level, IESA is facilitating the growth of
the sector across various states. IESA is creating opportunities
for industry government interactions at the state level.
Government of India
Department of Information Technology (DIT), Ministry of
Communications & Information Technology (MCIT): IESA is focused on
developing strategic initiatives within the government to aid in
the growth of the ESDM and semiconductor industry. IESA headed the
sub-task force set up by DIT to formulate a growth plan for the
ESDM sector. IESA recommended several measures to fuel the growth
of the sector, and these recommendations were taken up at the
highest levels at DIT. DIT authorized IESA to conduct a study it
funded on the semiconductor and embedded design services industry.
The past few years have seen active participation of DIT senior
officials in IESA events. DIT and Software Technology Parks of
India (STPI) supported Vision Summit, ExCITE and the Technovation
Awards. Additional Secretary, DIT, was the guest of honor at these
events. IESA, along with DIT and STPI, held workshops and seminars
on policy initiatives of the government on the industry.
Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) The level of
interaction between IESA and MNRE increased during the year. IESA
was actively involved in finalizing the policy guidelines for the
Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), thereby providing
an impetus to the domestic solar PV industry. IESA made and
facilitated several presentations and interactive discussions
regarding policy matters among senior officials of solar PV
companies and the ministry, including Dr. Farooq Abdullah,
Minister, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Throughout
the year, MNRE participated in various solar PV centric events and
delegations organized by IESA. MNRE supported an IESA delegation
visit to the 24th European Solar Energy Exhibition and Conference
(EU PVSEC) in Hamburg, Germany, and Solarcon in Hyderabad. IESA has
also actively participated in meetings convened by MNRE.
Other Government of India Ministries /Departments / Entities
Office of Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), Government of India
IESA has developed a close working relationship with the office of PSA to the Government of India. The office of PSA supported a
study on the solar PV industry that IESA had conducted.
National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) IESA had
several meetings and presentations with senior officials of NMCC
that focused on the need to encourage domestic electronics
Prime Minister’s Office IESA interacted with the office of
Special Envoy to the Prime Minister relating to policy initiatives
of the government on solar PV. IESA has submitted its
recommendations to encourage both domestic solar PV manufacturing
and its applications.
Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry
of Commerce & Industry IESA has collaborated with DIPP on policy
initiatives for the solar PV industry. The department has
appreciated the presentations that IESA has made on the subject.
The first draft of the committee constituted for that purpose
includes some of IESA’s key recommendations.
Ministry of Power (MoP) IESA has expanded its scope of
activities to other important entities, like the Ministry of Power
and Central Electricity Authority (CEA). IESA organized a visit by
the Chairman, CEA and its top officials to solar PV member
companies in the National Capital Region to update them on
important aspects of the solar PV industry, like technology,
market opportunities, manufacturing process and applications.
Through this interaction, member companies updated officials of
the latest developments and processes in the SPV sector. As a
spokesperson of the solar PV industry, IESA represented the
concerns of the industry, like low tariffs, with the Central
Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). IESA successfully
represented this issue, following which the CERC authorized a hike
Government of Andhra Pradesh
IESA has supported the activities of the Government of Andhra
Pradesh in its efforts to promote solar PV manufacturing in the
state. IESA provided technical support in the evaluation of various
proposals that the government received from players in this
sector. Many investors have conveyed their interest in setting up
solar PV manufacturing facilities in the state. The IESA flagship
event for the solar PV sector, Solar PV Conclave (Solarcon), in
Hyderabad received wholesome support from the state government.
The state backed IESA’s study on the solar PV industry. IESA played
an active role in an MoU signed between the government and
Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy. The MoU includes activities
to enhance the growth of the solar PV sector in the state.
Government of Karnataka
On the request of the Government of Karnataka, IESA provided inputs
in the drafting the semiconductor policy for the state. Karnataka
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa released the policy at Vision
Summit 2010. The policy includes measures to retain the
competitive edge of the state in semiconductor design and policy
initiatives to attract investments in the manufacturing sector.
Government of West Bengal
The Government of West Bengal invited IESA for round table
discussions to promote the electronics industry in the state. At
the request of the state government, IESA has submitted a draft for
an exclusive Electronic Systems Design and Manufacturing Policy.
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