The Karnataka government has partnered with Israel-based ISMC Analog Fab Private Ltd to set up a semiconductor fabrication plant in the state at an outlay of Rs 22,900 crore. The company will implement the project over a period of seven years with an employment potential for 1,500 people, a government release said.
Additional Chief Secretary in the department of IT, BT Dr E V Ramana Reddy and Director of ISMC Ajay Jalan signed a memorandum of understanding in the presence of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Welcoming the deal, the CM said, "This MoU is a significant agreement amid the competition among various states to attract semiconductor fabs. Karnataka understands that it's not just the fiscal incentives that matter but availability of conducive ecosystem and overall ease in operations are also important.”
Bommai said the MoU has provided a forum for technology and cultural exchange between Israel and India, and urged the ISMC to bring the latest developments in technology as it evolves with time to this plant in Karnataka.
“Karnataka is already a pioneer in the IT, BT and R&D sectors. The MoU with ISMC would make Karnataka the place to look forward to in semiconductor technology,” he added.
Underlining that Karnataka has one of the best infrastructures in the country and an abundant skilled talent pool, Bommai said his government is not only trying to bring down the entry barriers for businesses but also make it easier to exit businesses, "should it be so required".
"With robust policies, committed team, best in class infrastructure and ever-increasing talent pool of workers, Karnataka is on its way to become premier investment destination. I invite all of you to be a part of this growth story," he said.