Guwahati: In a groundbreaking move towards women’s empowerment and economic inclusion, 1800 girls from Assam have been selected for employment in the semiconductor processing industry through a pioneering initiative by the Tata Group. The young women have embarked on their training in Bangalore, marking a significant stride towards gender diversity in the tech sector.
Assam’s Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, enthusiastically shared this monumental news on the microblogging site ‘X’. He expressed his support, stating, “In collaboration with the Tata Group, 1800 girls across Assam were recruited to work in semiconductor processing. Many of them have reached Bangalore for their training and shared with me a wonderful video of their journey. Wishing them all the best!”
The Tata Group is in the advanced stages of planning a state-of-the-art semiconductor processing plant in the region, signifying a transformative investment of approximately Rs 40,000 crore. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma revealed this groundbreaking development on December 8th, highlighting the conglomerate’s formal application to the Centre for final approval following constructive discussions with the state government.
The proposed electronic centre is set to find its home in Jagiroad, strategically located just 55 km from Guwahati, the largest city in Assam. This chosen site holds historical significance as the former location of the Nagaon paper mill under Hindustan Paper Corporation, which ceased operations in 2021. Post-closure, the Assam government’s Industrial Corporation Limited took ownership of the property, settling the paper mill’s dues and paving the way for a new chapter in industrial development.
Chief Minister Sarma expressed optimism, emphasising the potential transformative impact of Tata Group’s substantial investment on the state’s industrial ecosystem. Tata Electronics Ltd initiated preliminary discussions with the state government regarding the semiconductor assembly and packaging plant. Satisfied with the collaborative atmosphere and the state’s commitment to fostering industrial growth, Tata Group has taken the crucial step of seeking final approval from the Centre.
Beyond the impressive financial commitment, Tata Group has signalled dedication to local talent development. This ambitious project aligns harmoniously with the state’s forward-looking policies, exemplified by the approval of the Assam Semiconductor Manufacturing and Electronic Production Policy by the state cabinet in August. This policy framework is designed to create a conducive environment for semiconductor manufacturing and electronic production, positioning Assam as a key player in India’s burgeoning electronics industry.
As the Tata Group awaits the final nod from the Centre, Assam anticipates not just a boost to its industrial landscape but a comprehensive transformation. The impending semiconductor plant holds the promise of not only elevating Assam’s technological capabilities but also contributing substantially to the overall development of the state. This landmark initiative not only promotes employment opportunities but also underscores the commitment to empowering women and fostering inclusive growth in the region.