Due to concerns about cyber security, mainly espionage, the government is considering to notify new rules under which all central public departments will have to procure domestically manufactured laptop and tablet PCs amounting to 50% of their total requirement.
According to sources at the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), it has sought views on the final draft from various ministries and expects to notify the rule within a month.
According to the draft notification, unlike the usual practice of importing all components and then assembling them in India, domestically manufactured laptops and tablet personal computers for government procurement should have 25% components produced domestically.
“Following the notification, as per the proposal, laptop and tablet PCs having domestically made components or value-addition done by Indian companies will be considered. We are looking for local value-addition in key components such as processor, memory, hard disk, LCD panel, cabinet, motherboard, and power module of PCs,” sources at DEITY said.