Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY): UIDAI … – Odisha Diary


New Delhi : India’s digital story is one of an ICT – led development by use of technology that is affordable, inclusive and transformative. ‘Digital India’ programme aims at transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge-based economy by ensuring ease of access, digital inclusion and participation. The strength of digital infrastructure and digital services has already proved its resilience during the pandemic times. India is among the top countries that have experienced the fast digital adoption. This has been achieved due to a focused approach of the Government and the implementation of innovative initiatives. These initiatives have not only eased the life of citizens but have also created a favorable ecosystem for startups, industries and electronics manufacturing with an aim to make India an “AtmaNirbhar” nation. Following are the major initiatives and the achievements during this year:
Digital Infrastructure
Digital Delivery of   Services
The latest E-Government Development Index (EGDI) 2022 edition indicates the e-government development status of all 193 United Nations Member States. India has ranked 105th in EGDI 2022.
Accessability of Internet domains and the Websites:
Legal enablement for recognition of expanded list of Electronic records
As part of Ministry’s initiatives of Ease of Doing Business (EoDB), Ease of Living (EOL) for citizens MeitY has expanded the scope of validity of Electronic records and contracts by amending the First Schedule (Entries 1, 2 and 5) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”)in October, 2022.
The said notification for amending the First Schedule of the IT Act may be accessed at
Digital Skilling
Digital Payments
Creating a digital payment ecosystem has been identified as one of the thrust areas by the government. During, FY 2017-18 banks had achieved a collective target of 2071 crore digital transactions against the target of 2500 Cr and had 106% year on year growth as compared to FY 2016-17. Similarly, remarkable growth in digital transactions is seen for FY 2018-19, FY 2019-20& FY20-21 where we have achieved 3134 crore, 4572 crore & 5554 Crore respectively. In FY 2021-22, 8840 Cr digital transaction target have been achieved against a target of 6,000 Cr with YoY growth rate of 59%. Our indigenously developed UPI is driving the growth of digital payments and clocked 730 crore digital transactions during October 2022.
Promotion of Electronics Manufacturing
India has witnessed an unprecedented growth in electronics manufacturing sector. New Policies and Schemes, such as, Production Linked Incentives (PLI) for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing and IT Hardware, Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components & Semiconductors (SPECS), Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) etc has created a conducive environment for domestic electronics ecosystem to flourish by providing fiscal incentives to industry. As a result, the domestic production of electronic goods has increased substantially from ₹ 3,17,331 crore in 2016-17 to ₹ 6,40,810 crore in 2021-22 growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15%.  In volume terms, India is the 2nd largest manufacturer of mobile handsets in the world. The production value of Mobile phones has grown from ₹ 90,000 crore in 2016-17 to ₹ 2,75,000 crore in FY 21-22 with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25%.
In order to widen and deepen the electronic manufacturing and ensure development of a robust and sustainable Semiconductor and Display ecosystem in the country, the Union Cabinet approved the Programme for Development of Semiconductors and Display Manufacturing ecosystem in India with an outlay of INR 76,000 crore on 15.12.2021.
The applications were invited till 15.02.2022 for establishment of Semiconductor and Display Fabs. Despite aggressive timelines for submission of applications in this Greenfield segment of semiconductor and Display manufacturing, the scheme has elicited good response.
India Semiconductor Mission, which has been set up as a dedicated institution for Semicon India Programme, has received 5 applications for Semiconductor and Display Fabs with total investment to the tune of USD 20.5 Bn (INR 153,750 crore).
Further, the Union Cabinet has approved the following modifications on 21.09.2022 in the Programme for development of semiconductors and display manufacturing ecosystem in India:
Promotion of IT/IT enabled Services
Till date, fourteen Start-up Challenges under NGIS, CHUNAUTI (Challenge Hunt Under NGIS for Advanced Uninhibited Technology Intervention) has been launched. Total 266 start-ups has been selected out of which stipend is extended to 179 start-ups and after the due diligence, seed fund is extended to 63 Start-ups.
Market Development Initiative in Nordics & Africa Region: MeitY has initiated the project to have a comprehensive and sustained approach for IT/ITES Market Development in high potential and under penetrated markets – Africa and Nordics Region to increase the global footprint of Indian IT/ITES Industry particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Start-ups through NASSCOM.
MeitY had initiated India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS) and North East BPO Promotion Scheme (NEBPS) to create employment opportunities and dispersal of IT/ITES industry in small cities and towns by incentivizing setting up of 53,300 seats BPO/ITES operations by providing financial support up to Rs. 1 lakh per seat in the form of viability gap funding towards capital and operational expenditure along with special incentives. The duration of IBPS and NEBPS was up to 31.03.2019 and 31.03.2020 respectively however disbursement of financial support may go beyond this period. The disbursement of financial support under these schemes is on reimbursement basis directly linked with the objective i.e. employment generation by the units.
Currently, around 246 BPO/ITES units are either operational or have completed their tenure under NEBPS and IBPS providing direct employment to around 51,521 persons.
For the promotion of Software exports from the country, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) was set up in 1991 as an Autonomous Society under the MeitY. STPI acts as ‘single-window’ in providing services to the software exporters. The STP scheme allows software companies to set up operations in convenient and inexpensive locations and plan their investment and growth driven by business needs.
There are many benefits under STP scheme like duty free import of capital goods which are also IGST exempted, capital goods purchased from DTA are entitled for refund of GST, 100% FDI is permitted, Sales in the DTA is permissible, 100% depreciation on capital goods over a period of 5 years etc.
The Electronics Hardware Technology Park (EHTP) Scheme is an export-oriented scheme for undertaking manufacturing of electronic goods.
Innovation and Startups
These centres have a number of start-ups incubated and getting uninterrupted access to advanced equipment funded by MeitY in a facility provided by state governments. Bangalore is a hub for the other 3 centres (spokes) at Gurugram, Gandhinagar and Vizag.
Research and Development
In the recent past, the Electronics & IT industry has emerged as a major contributor to the industry revenue as well as employment opportunity provider in the country. The country is becoming an R&D hub of multinational companies. The Electronics & IT sector are key player in the economy and one of the most globalised industries in the world.  Several India-based multinational giants also have set up their R&D and innovation centres in India. The Government views R&D as essential for the implementation of new initiatives such as Digital India, Make in India and Startup India and has launched new schemes in R&D.
The major R&D initiatives undertaken are National Language Technology Mission , National Super Computing Mission (NSM), National Mission on Power Electronics Technology (NaMPET), Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology, Automation Systems Technology Centre (ASTeC), Deployment of Automation technologies in process industries,  Development of medical linear accelerator and its linked accessories, MRI,  E-waste management, Development of super-capacitors,  Special Manpower Development Programme (SMDP) for chip to system design, Centre of Excellence in Analog Design, Centres of Excellence in Nanoelectronics ,  Indian Nanoelectronics User Program (INUP), Quantum Technologies, Blockchain, Data Analytics, IoT, Perception Engineering, Application of Artificial Intelligence etc. Some of the major achievements in this year are as follows:
Digital India RISC-V (DIR-V) Program announced by Hon’ble MoS (MeitY) to achieve commercial-grade silicon and design wins of DIR-V VEGA and DIR-V SHAKTI processors by December’2023.
Two products i.e 3.3KW AC Charger for electric Vehicle and Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) powering for Houseboat hotel load were developed and ready for Transfer of Technology.
First version of AQ-AIMS: AI based Air Quality Monitoring System monitoring environmental pollutants PM1, PM2.5, PM 10 SO2, NO2, CO, O3, ambient temperature, and relative humidity has been developed, field trial has been completed and ready for Transfer of Technology.
Technology of 1.2 KW Motor/controller for e-rickshaw, 5KW Motor/controller for e Auto and 1KW BLDC motor/controller for e-rickshaw has been developed, tested and the technology transferred to industries for commercialization.
Cyber Security
Process has been initiated to conduct Cyber Security Grand Challenge (CSGC) 2.0 and Administrative Approval has been issued for Data Security Council of India (DSCI) to conduct CSGC 2.0.
Under Cyber Security R&D Programme. National Centre of Excellence (NCoE) in Cyber Security has been set-up in collaboration with Data Security Council of India under project funded from Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. The above initiative is an endeavor to build a sustainable cyber security technology and industry development momentum across the country. The major objectives of the Centre are: (i) Building ecosystem of Cyber Security Technology Development and Entrepreneurship (ii) Translating R&D to Security Products (iii) Making Technology Stack of Security Products Contemporary & Cutting Edge and (iv) Market Adoption of Developed Products in various domains of Cyber Security including Financial Sectors. So far 55 start-ups under NCoE have been incubated for developing products/ solutions in various key domains of Cyber Security. 20 More start-ups are in process of mentoring.
Development of Cyber Forensic Training cum Investigation Labs in North-Eastern States and Cloud based Centralized Cyber Forensics Lab Infrastructure: Under this project, Cyber Forensics Training cum Investigation Labs in 8 NIELIT Centre of North Eastern states. So far 1692 personnel have been trained under this programme. In addition, Cloud based Infrastructure hosted at NIELIT Kohima is use for sharing of cyber forensic tools, content delivery & cloud based Virtual Training on cyber forensics for LEAs of all eight north eastern states.
Section 79A of the Information Technology Act 2000 mandates Central Government to notify Examiner of Electronic Evidence for the purposes of providing expert opinion on electronic form evidence before any court or other authority. For identification and selection of Examiner of Electronic Evidence, MeitY has designed and developed a scheme, initially to access and notify Examiner of Electronic Evidence on the pilot basis. Till now, twelve Cyber Forensics Labs have been notified by MeitY.
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