Budget 2019 expectation from Institution of Engineering and Technology

At the telecom industry level, we would like the Government to publish an implementation plan/roadmap for the various strategies outlined in NDCP 2018 and Budget 2019/future budgets to allocate funds in-line with the plan for the implementation.

Jan 25, 2019 09:01 IST India Infoline News Service

IET
Manufacturing
  • Revamping the India IoT policy with adequate industry representation / inputs. This can be modeled on the lines of the relatively successful Smart cities approach
  • Create a Govt / Industry combined task force to accelerate adoption under the aegis of the industry secretary / IoT Congress
  • Subsidize MSMEs for IoT adoption as a step towards Industry 4.0 – work on a prescriptive technology pack that would help adoption without much of pushback
  • Manufacturing is the backbone of a country’s economy and Government should support a Manufacturing focused start-up ecosystem with the public sector enterprises mandated to be alpha adopters.
  • Tax breaks for manufacturers of sensors and MFG focused ISVs
 
Lux Rao, Chairman, Manufacturing WG, IET IoT Panel 
 
Technology
  • The 2018 budget witnessed increased impetus from the government on promoting new technologies like AI, ML and IoT. As far as IoT ecosystem is concerned, we expect government to give more focus on driving domestic innovation coupled with fiscal incentive schemes and liberalisation norms.
 
Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, Chairman of IET IoT Panel & President, Aeris Communications
 
Education
  • The world is rapidly changing and the future of how we work and produce results will change dramatically in the next decade. It is important that the government puts aside significant resources to research, understand and implement the necessary steps to create the work employer and skills ecosystem that will allow India and its workforce to continue to be globally competitive and valuable. The traditional universities will spend more time in reskilling existing work forces and need to be rebooted to make it happen. The government regulatory framework around skilling and future of skilling and work require continuous research and input which the budget should allow for.
  • Another critical aspect to be focused is the partnerships with foreign universities that will encourage research and development, promote cross-country educational outreach and in turn offer exposure to students to explore their intellectual quotient in challenges of the future.
  • Budget should also have provisions for academia to spend on new technologies and expand their facilities to help students with exposure to real-time application of new-age technologies.
  • Finally I would expect the government to continue its focus on mobility but not just on Urban Mobility. It should allocate budgets for Rural mobility as well as freight and logistics as a focus area.
 
Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head & Director, The IET India
 
Telecom
At the telecom industry level, we would like the Government to publish an implementation plan/roadmap for the various strategies outlined in NDCP 2018 and Budget 2019/future budgets to allocate funds in-line with the plan for the implementation. This shall not only give a clear direction and push to us working towards achieving the 2022 strategic objectives and goals defined in NDCP but also send a strong message globally of a stable telecom regulatory and policy environment in India. Further we would like to see a clear national design for best coverage for India - independent of the individual telcos.
 
Specific to IoT and to encourage it's faster growth in India our wish is:
  • Establish a data ecosystem, where all relevant partners can participate, to develop a structured plan, how to roll out data services based on IoT for the future.
  • Establish a landing page for global or local OEMs and enterprise customers, if they want to use either IoT services in India and they are looking for contact partner who can support them, or contact partner, who can support them to adapt local services for the global market
  • Reduce duties on imported components like chipsets, network modules etc to encourage IoT hardware assembly in India, which shall also help in bringing the cost of IoT devices down.
 
The IET IoT Panel, Telecom Working Group

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