The Union Ministry of Electronics & IT initiated the ERSO Pilot program to validate transformative policy and process changes intending to establish India as the Repair Capital of the World. The Electronics Repair Services Outsourcing (ERSO) initiative seeks to promote India as a central hub for repairing electronic goods and evaluate the feasibility of capturing 20% of the global repair service market within five years. India’s e-waste policy will undergo modifications to allow repair companies to domestically recycle 5% of imported goods by weight on a trial basis. The repaired goods will not be allowed to be sold in the domestic market, but provisions will be introduced to enable their exportation to regions other than their country of origin. The Ministry of Electronics & IT is the coordinating authority for this initiative.
India currently needs a strong industry for outsourcing electronics repair services. The global market for outsourced electronics repair services is valued at over $100 billion.
Importance of the Electronics Repair Services Outsourcing (ERSO) Industry for India:
The Concept of the Right to Repair Framework:
Refurbishment can be defined as the process of bringing used e-waste up to a certain pre-determined quality and standard. Refurbishment may involve replacing worn and critical parts and aesthetically making the EEE look new. Brand new products are often in short supply due to issues like disruption in the supply chain or when demand surpasses the supply of the product. Refurbished EEE are gradually filling up this demand. Refurbished EEE also have an inherent advantage- they are cheaper. Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the availability of quality EEE at lucrative prices through social media and online advertising.
Refurbished devices are gaining popularity as a lot of awareness is being created through media. As a result, many consumers, individuals, businesses, and institutions are expressing their willingness to opt for refurbished products.CPCB and SPCBs issue essential guidelines for the refurbishment process in e-waste from time to time. Specific infrastructural requirements and adherence to post-compliance are issued at the time of authorization by the board.
Challenges in implementing Electronics Repair Services Outsourcing (ERSO) are as follows:
The Electronics Repair Services Outsourcing (ERSO) initiative, launched by the Ministry of Electronics & IT, aims to validate transformative policy and process changes to establish India as the repair capital of the world. The significance of the ERSO industry for India is multi-fold. Firstly, it addresses the country’s lack of a robust electronics repair outsourcing industry. Major players in this industry are primarily based in China and Malaysia. By developing a domestic ERSO industry, India can tap into the estimated $100 billion global market and generate significant revenue. For businesses dealing with Electronics Repair Services Outsourcing (ERSO), it is recommended to take expert advice for better understanding and compliance.
The ERSO initiative promotes the extension of device life globally by offering affordable and reliable repair services for ICT products. This can help reduce the generation of electronic waste, which India currently struggles to manage effectively. The initiative contributes to global environmental sustainability and the circular economy by providing proper repair services.
India currently needs a strong industry for outsourcing electronics repair services. The global market for outsourced electronics repair services is valued at over $100 billion, with major players like China, Malaysia, Flex, Lenovo, and Cisco.
The Electronics Repair Services Outsourcing (ERSO) initiative aims to establish India as the global repair capital by validating transformative policy and process changes. Over the next five years, India’s ERSO industry aims for up to $20 billion in revenue to generate job opportunities.
The significances are-
•Game changer for India to make India a world leader.
•Game changer for global sustainability towards the environment and the planet.
•It will enable to extend of a device’s life globally by providing cheap reliable repair.
The Right to Repair refers to the fundamental right of end users to repair or service the devices they own without facing restrictions from manufacturers. Its purpose is to encourage repair as a viable alternative to replacing devices.
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