A task force has been formed to set up power equipment manufacturing zones in the country, Union minister R K Singh said on Wednesday while directing domestic manufacturers to stop imports from countries “which are of concern”.
He also informed that the government is keeping a strict vigil on imports as the focus is to boost local manufacturing and reduce dependence on imports for power equipment. The Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy was speaking at Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) Annual Convention 2020. “Our sector is very vulnerable to cyber attacks. We have connected the whole country into one grid…you bring down one part and rest will collapse.
Therefore we need to check all imports. (In fact) we are checking if some device is inserted in the imported item. So my advice to you is stop importing from countries from which we apprehend a risk or countries which are of concern,” the minister said.
The government will continue to examine imported equipment with a “magnifying glass” for years, he said, indicating choice of importing may cause business losses as well. Singh further said that there is a need of a government-industry partnership in the sector.