India well on path to produce 500 million mobile phones by 2020
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India well on path to produce 500 million mobile phones by 2020

'Made in India' phones have seen significant growth, with the number of such devices poised to touch the 500 million mark by 2019-20, an official said.


"In 2014, we produced 60 million mobile phones. In 2016-17, we produced 175 million mobile phones and we are well on path to producing 500 million mobile phones by 2019-20," IT Ministry Additional Secretary Ajay Kumar said at an event.


He added that the value addition in these indigenously made phones has also grown significantly over the years. "It was 10 per cent or so and now, it is 20 per cent and hopefully by 2020, it will be 35 per cent or so," he said.
Kumar was speaking at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of setting up of ELCINA, an industry body representing electronics manufacturers.


Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju lauded the role played by the electronics sector in empowering the country. "The first thing I always stress is it must be Made in India... you can acquire technology by collaboration, by signing MoU... we keep national interest on top of the mind... we will acquire the perfection of the particular item or instrument but in long term, we must ensure that it must be Made in India," he said.