June 21, 2022. New Delhi.
We are so delighted to see that DoT has issued a Design-led PLI scheme in telecom, as per our requests made to NSA and Principal Secretary to PM, drawing their kind attention to the lack of adequate R&D incentives for domestic companies in the Telecom PLI, and suggesting a Design-led PLI Addendum to right the balance. We had also written to the Hon’ble Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman. Our earlier letter on the subject is also uploaded here.
Without indigenous technology, and that too ICTs, where all the 21st Century’s technological progress is taking place, India cannot hope to compete with powerful countries like China, which is rapidly intruding into our territory with the aim of capturing our dwindling fresh water resources. Their military capabilities will soon reach another level of lethality –Intelligentisation – which even has the Americans worried. We will document the American Whole-of Govt approach to tackling the China technological challenge as soon as we get a little time.