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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 manufacturing.

  • 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 in tariff.

State Governments

  • 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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