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India-US to Strengthen Ties in Electronic Manufacturing & IT
Jan 18, 2015

The US, Under Secretary of State Ms. Catherine Novelli recently visited India to boost relations between the two countries.

Key Points of the Discussion

  • India shared the Digital India vision with the USA and its broad constituents—digital infrastructure, digital delivery of services and digital empowerment of citizens.

  • India informed the USA about Idukki—the first district where NOFN has been commissioned. The government is in the process of digitizing the services of the states.

  • India has launched Digital Literacy Mission to educate the citizens about the usage of digital technology. India shared the recent initiative of Jeevan Pramaan—a biometric identity based pension certification system and the biometric attendance system.

  • MyGov is a participative platform developed for citizens to take active participation in the process of governance.

  • Electronic manufacturing is an area Indian government is promoting in a big way. The government has launched various incentives for promoting manufacturing in India.

  • The USA expressed that the US companies are very excited to join India in promoting manufacturing.

  • The USA felt that the constraints of global supply chain must also be understood while promoting Make in India.

  • India assured if US companies are investing in India, they will be treated at par with the Indian companies and they are not subjected to any different conditions for investing in India.

  • If they manufacture in India, they not only sell their products in India but also export it to the rest of the world and avail incentives.

  • India shared that the Cyber Security is another area of great concern for cooperation between India and the USA.

  • India raised the issue of governance of Internet and net neutrality.

  • The USA felt that the discussions on internet governance has become more broad based and inclusive. There is a need to have dialogues with engineers, IT professionals, companies, stakeholders.

  • Net neutrality is an area on which the US federal government has taken a firm stand and it do not want any compromises on net neutrality.

  • India was of the view that the Internet must promote local along with the global. For India, net neutrality is very important. It is an instrument for the masses and it must remain an instrument for the masses.

  • For government architecture to deal with this issue, India is studying this and discussing it with stakeholders.

  • India also shared with the USA, India’s global representation in the internet governance the need to increase this.

  • India felt that an open and democratic society must allow larger space to each other.

  • The USA is open to talk more about these issues and would like to be on the same side of these issues.


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