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Travails of Long-Term Planning

Travails of Long-Term Planning Hansavivek PHILIPS INDIA had submitted to the government of India in 1971 a long-term industrialisation plan, which is still being scrutinised. Last year, several discussions took place with a committee appointed by government to deal with this plan. The company says that many of the members of the committee visited its lactones in India and also of some of it associated organisations abroad "to acquaint themselves with the advantages of sophisticated technologies that could be made available to the electronics industry in India". Meanwhile, as a corollary to this scrutiny, projects tor which 'letters of intent' had already been granted prior to the submission of the plan have also been held in abeyance tor more than two years. These projects include manufacture of tape recorders, null-indicators, electronic components, high wattage incandescent lamps, infrared lamps, mercury vapour lamps and halogen lamps. Some of these projects are capable of generating exports, apart horn cffecting import substitution. Government has been requested to segregate these projects from the long-term plan. Last year, the company's Kalwa factory maintained production of lamps, glass shells, glass tubing, wires and coils at full capacity, but the factory for the production of fluorescent powder could not work at full capacity owing to reduced demand. The company has been granted a capital goods licence lor manufacture of leading-in wires, used in the production of lamps. Necessary financial arrangements have been made for the import of capital goods in respect of the project lor the production of high wattage incandescent. lamps, infra-red lamps, mercury vapour lamps and halogen lamps. Demand for the lighting fittings continued to rise. Production of welding electrodes also increased, but optimum output could not be achieved owing to shortage of mild steel core wire. Efforts were continued to further streamline production techniques and to reduce the already low content of imported raw materials for electronic components. Production of radio receivers at Calcutta and Poona was maintained at the previous year's level. Full production of record players was also achieved by the Calcutta factory. Despite shortages and delays in the supply of components and piece parts purchased from third parties, production at the telecommunication factory at Calcutta was at a satisfactory level. The company has re ceived a further order for fully transistorised portable transreceivers. The order is expected to be completed by early 1975.

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