The Apple-Government Indian saga takes a new turn every day with Apple trying their best to set up manufacturing in India and also, looking out for incentives to commence manufacturing. Apple will be entering the country under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP government’s Make in India scheme which invites international brands to set up manufacturing facilities in the country. While Apple’s manufacturing unit in Peenya, Bengaluru is almost confirmed by the brand, Apple is looking out for multiple duty exemptions and tax benefits from the government. apart from setting up a manufacturing facility, Apple is also looking to set up Apple stores throughout the country as currently, they operate through licensed resellers and distributors like Croma, Maple, etc, in India.Also Read - Aptronix Opens 10 New Stores in Delhi-NCR, Ludhiana; Becomes Apple India’s Largest National Partner

However, so far, Apple’s efforts to seek tax breaks and exemptions have proved to be fruitless as the government has been firm in its stand. While providing Apple additional incentives will mean a definite break in taxation and an impact on Apple product rates in the country (cheaper iPhones for Indians, yay!), the government’s stand rooting for equality among all manufacturers is valid. Multiple other brands like Samsung have already commenced manufacturing in the country under the Make in India scheme and Samsung, which is tied with Apple in many top spots in the country has also launched their ‘Make for India’ campaign in support of the government. While Apple’s demands might give cheaper gadgets, it will also lead to a bias on the part of the ministry. Also Read - Flipkart iPhone Days sale offers: iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 8 discounted

According to latest reports, Apple is all set to have a second round of conversations with the ministry later this month and a team from Apple will fly down to the country to have the talks. The talks are scheduled for 25th January. The meeting is scheduled between Apple and the IT and Finance ministries in the country. Additionally, officials from departments of commerce, industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), revenue, environment and forest, electronics and information technology (DeITY) will also be present. The agenda will include discussions over tax exemptions, long-term duty exemptions, and reduction on certain other charges by the Cupertino brand. Apple plans to set up an exclusive facility in India and has partnered with Wistron, a Japanese manufacturing OEM,  for the same. Make in India Apple iPhone 8 to be cheaper despite govt. refusing to give Apple tax incentives for Bengaluru plant? Also Read - This case will turn your iPhone into a dual-SIM smartphone

However, the government has been firm on it’s stand to not provide any incentives other than those already offered. India provides added support to manufacturers through the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) scheme. As per the scheme, companies are offered financial incentives to offset disability and attract investments in the electronics hardware segment. Additionally, investment in special economic zones in the country also result in added investment subsidies. Over 42 brands currently manufacture smartphones in the country and the firms have all been strictly barred from seeking additional incentives from the Indian government. With the government being staunch in its stand, will the April launch of the Apple manufacturing plant get delayed? Nokia 6, Nokia Android smartphone finally arrives – But unfortunately, it feels too little, too late

Apple is presently one of the most preferred brand in the country. In a recent poll, Apple has emerged as the most “reliable” brand in the country. Apple, which has been a part of the premium segment in the country, is trying to expand its reach. Despite having just a 2 percent of the market share in the country, it still leads the premium segment by a wide margin in India. In the past too, Apple has faced opposition from the Indian government when they announced their plans to commence sale of refurbished iPhones in the country. The January 25th meeting might see the giant’s plans once again dashed as so far, the government seems in no mood to relent and provide special provisions to Apple in India.

With Inputs from PTI