PM lays stone for 3 chip-making units in Gujarat, Assam; CM Himanta thanks Modi

Modi said the 'Made in India' semiconductor chips will usher in self-reliance

PTI03_13_2024_000036A Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran during foundation stone laying of Tata-Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp chip fabrication unit, in Dholera, Gujarat | PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday virtually laid the foundation stone of three semiconductor facilities of about Rs 1.25 lakh crore, which include two in Gujarat and one in Assam. At the ceremony, the Prime Minister said the 'Made in India' semiconductor chips will take the country towards self-reliance and modernity.

The three semiconductor projects launched on Wednesday include India's first Fab facility at Dholera in Gujarat, Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) facility at Sanand in the state, and an OSAT facility in Morigaon, Assam. The first phase of the facility is expected to be operational by mid-2025.

"This is a historic day as we are taking a strong step towards a bright future," Modi said. "When India commits, India delivers and democracy also delivers," Modi said on the promise to make the country a semiconductor manufacturing hub.

He also took a dig at the UPA governments, stating while they committed scams of thousands of crores, they could not invest thousands of crores in the development of the semiconductor industry.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was present at the event organised at the site of the facility in Jagiroad, thanked the Prime Minister for bringing up the facility in Assam.

"Assam being situated in the remotest part of this country, we never thought that we would be the pioneer of the semiconductor revolution. The blessings and confidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on northeast has brought the semiconductor revolution in Assam," Sarma said.

He added that the project will attract an investment of Rs 27,000 crores and ensure employment of 30,000 young people in our state and neighbourhood. "This is the beginning, this is not the end. I am sure that now Assam will see a new light, a new day as far economic prosperity is concerned," he added.

(With PTI inputs)

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