Government allays Laptop price hike fears amid import licensing

Amidst apprehensions of a potential 4-5 percent price rise in laptops, personal computers, and tablets due to import licensing, the government has asserted that it anticipates no such increase. Officials clarified that import quantities wouldn’t be restricted, and swift clearances are ensured. Emphasising domestic manufacturing capacity, the government underlines the freedom for imports without caps. Periodic reviews of import curbs are planned, supported by the second production-linked-incentive scheme to boost domestic manufacturing.

As companies closely monitor the licensing process, potential scrutiny of Chinese players looms. The anticipated demand increase could lead to price hikes, while a gradual shift to domestic assembly is expected, propelled by PLI incentives.

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