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  1. Centre eyes venture capitalists, plans to set up Rs 10,000-cr electronics fund

Centre eyes venture capitalists, plans to set up Rs 10,000-cr electronics fund

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) is planning to set up a Rs 10,000 crore fund.

By: | Kolkata | Updated: December 4, 2014 5:37 PM
Kiran Karnik (L), Past President, NASSCOM, R.S.Sharma, Secretary-Department of Electronics and IT,Deity, during inaugural session of INFOCOM 2014 in Kolkata. (PTI)

Kiran Karnik (L), Past President, NASSCOM, R.S.Sharma, Secretary-Department of Electronics and IT,Deity, during inaugural session of INFOCOM 2014 in Kolkata. (PTI)

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) is planning to set up a Rs 10,000 crore fund for innovation and development purposes in the sector, a top government official said.

“The department will set up a Rs 10,000-crore corpus to fund innovation in electronics and IT,” DEITY secretary R S Sharma said.

The department would rope in existing venture capitalists (VC) for selecting the start-ups where funds would be made available for starting innovation exercise, Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of Infocomm 2014 here today.

He said the department would pick stake in the VCs to a maximum limit of 20 per cent.

Sharma added that with the huge quantum of electronics products being imported into the country at present, there was a need to increase domestic production.

“Now the electronics import bill is USD 100 billion. This will go up to USD 400 billion by 2020,” he said at the event.

“This will become unsustainable as the electronics import bill would exceed that of oil,” he said.

The official said the government was actively trying to promote innovation as there was a need to acquire substantial Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for the country’s developmental efforts.

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