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Bridling Growth of Electronics

IN recent years electronics sector in the country has achieved an unprecedented growth rate. In fact, it is often held that the general increase in the country's industrial output during the post -1980 period is not necessarily due to increase in industrial production across the board but due to the rapid growth of certain industries like electronics. The high output growth of electronics, in turn is attributed to a series of new policy measures initiated in the early 1980s These included (a) a policy on electronics components, (b) industrial and licensing policy for colour television (February 1983), (c) specific measures to further accelerate the rapid development of electronics (August 1983), (d) manufacture of telecommunications: relaxation of the then existing 100 per cent reservation of this sub-sector in the public sector (March 1984), (e) a new computer policy (November 1984), (0 an integrated policy measures in electronics (March 1985), (g) a computer software policy (December 1987) and so on. The new policy measures apart from ensuring greater play of market forces also ensured a series of fiscal measures including duty concessions and rationalisation of the duty structure.

Electronics in Kerala s Industrialisation

K K Subrahmanian K J Joseph This paper reviews the growth of the elctronics industry in Kerala. The focus is on the existing structure and competitiveness in an inter-regional context with a view to identifying strategy options that could maximise the potential of this industry as a vital link in the rapid industrialisation of the state, given the availability of a vast pool of skilled human resource. The development of the electronics industry in Kerala has taken place almost entirely at the initiative of the state government Therefore, an attempt is made to provide a perspective of the role of the state government THERE is now a burgeoning literature which suggests that a capital-deficient economy could stimulate growth and create considerable employment through the development and diffusion of the electronics industry if it has a vast pool of skilled human resource. Some economists' would even attribute to electronics the same role conventionally assumed for capital goods in the growth process because it is a crucial source of skill-based innovations that have a wider degree of applicability throughout the economy and society. Thus electronics has become a critical sector in modern industrialisation not only for its direct contribution to output and employment but also for its role in contributing to efficient resource-utilisation, greater productivity, and hence rapid growth in the economy as a whole.

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