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are TRIPS complaint, there
is a perception among the
developed countries that cer-
tain aspects of the Patents Act
are not TRIPS complaint.
A lot of furore has been cre-
ated with respect to sector 3(d)
and compulsory licensing. The
Government of India has been
proactive in allaying these
fears and constantly engages
with the concerned stakehold-
ers to dispel and once and for
all put such fears to rest. In
this regard, it may be noted
that over 6,000 patents on
pharmaceuticals have been
granted by India since 2005
and only miniscule number
of patents or applications for
patents have attracted the pro-
visions of section 3(d).
As regards, a compulsory
license, India has issued only
ONE compulsory license
since 2005 when the product
patent regime has come into
force. Further, the Govern-
ment of India has constituted
an IPR Think Tank to provide
a comprehensive national
IPR Policy. The first draft of
the policy outlined its mis-
sion as to “establish a dynam-
ic, vibrant and balanced
intellectual property system
in India, to foster innovation
and creativity in a knowledge
economy and to accelerate
economic growth, employ-
ment and entrepreneurship”.
It suggests adopting a nation-
al slogan – “Creative India;
Innovative India”.
The Prime Minister
spoke of mapping ser-
vices talent regionally. Given
the regional imbalances,
skilling of workforce and
making them service ready is
a priority to fulfill India’s ser-
vice sector vision. Can you
please share with us India’s
service strengths region-
wise? That is, we do know
that southern states have a
rich pool of technical talent
and services. But what about
the other regions? Secondly,
won’t such concentrations
lead to disparities?
While inaugurating the Glob-
al Services Exhibition in New
Delhi, Prime Minister Mr
Narendra Modi outlined that
a mapping exercise of human
resources so as to identify
and develop regional specific
talents, can help India serve
as a service export hub.
Owing to a number of
reasons, different regions of
our country have evolved as
centres of excellence for dif-
ferent services. For example,
the Indian IT & ITeS sector
primarily operates through
Tier-1 cities of six major states,
including Karnataka, Andhra
Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil
Nadu, Haryana and Uttar
Pradesh. However, due to sat-
urating infrastructure facili-
ties in these states, the base
is now shifting towards tier 2
and 3 cities such as Ahmed-
abad, Jaipur, Guwahati and
Chandigarh. The major hubs
of media and entertainment
are based in National Capital
Region, Maharashtra, West
Bengal, Andhra Pradesh
and Karnataka. Nurses from
Kerala have also made an
enormous reputation across
the world and are also ubiqui-
tous in hospitals across India.
The idea behind a com-
prehensive assessment of
this pool is not to aggravate
regional concentrations of
service strengths, but to
ensure that we are able to
better utilise both talents and
infrastructure (such as exist-
ing and proposed network of
training and training centres)
in the most efficient way.
What are the strengths
of the SMEs in the
services sector. Please sum-
marise it for us?
The MSME sector consti-
tutes a vital and increasing
component in India’s output,
employment and exports.
The 3.61 crore MSMEs, con-
tributing 37.5 per cent of the
country’s GDP, have a critical
role in boosting industrial
growth. The sector provides
employment to over 80 mil-
lion persons.
The sector through more
than 6,000 products contrib-
utes about 8 per cent to GDP
besides 45 per cent to the
total manufacturing output
and 40 per cent to the exports
from the country. The MSME
sector has the potential to
spread industrial growth
across the country. The sector
is increasingly adopting best
practices and innovating.
MSME sector is one of the
thrust sectors of the
Make in
Make in
programme is aimed
to facilitate investment, fos-
ter innovation, enhance skill
development, protect intellec-
tual property, and build best-
in-class manufacturing infra-
structure. I hope that this will
give a boost to this sector by
providing a conducive envi-
ronment for development of
this sector.
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