The Karnataka government aims to promote manufacturing industries such as LED bulbs, furniture, electronic parts in order to compete with Chinese-made goods.

9 Ktaka districts to turn manufacturing hubs for HDKs Compete with China scheme
news Industry Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:37

In a boost to Karnataka's industrial output, the state government has earmarked nine districts in which programs will be implemented to manufacture items like solar power goods, LED lights, sanitary goods, mechanised toys etc as part of its ‘Compete with China’ scheme.

As part of the initiative, the state government has identified nine districts to foster innovation and product diversification. Programs to be implemented in various districts include Kalaburgi for manufacturing of solar power goods, Chitradurga for manufacturing of LED lights, Hassan for manufacturing of sanitary goods, Koppal for manufacturing of mechanised toys, Mysuru for ICB manufacturing unit, Bellary for textile industry, Chikkaballapur for mobile phone components, Tumkur for sports and fitness goods and Bidar for manufacture of agricultural implements.

The Congress-JD(S) coalition government will also set up vision groups for each district comprising of industry experts and leaders. Rs 500 crore has been set aside for the ‘Compete with China’ scheme. The industries will be set up in clusters across various villages in the districts mentioned and the parts will be sent to an assembly line, which will be set up in the district headquarters.

The government has focused on improving the industries in the northern districts of Karnataka through this scheme. This, after calls by activist groups in Belagavi and other parts of northern Karnataka to give a greater focus to the development of the region following the first budget presented by Kumaraswamy in July. The state government was under pressure for what was perceived to be a budget focused on the southern districts, especially Hassan and Mysuru, where the JD(S) has a stronghold.

The aim is to promote manufacturing industries that make LED bulbs, furniture, electronic parts, solar panels and integrated circuits in order to compete with Chinese-made goods.


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