The government has approved setting up four medical device parks with a view to support Make in India initiative and provide world-class treatment at affordable prices. The parks will be set up in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, sources said, adding that Uttarakhand and Gujarat have also approached the Centre for such parks.
These parks will provide necessary infrastructure, where companies can easily plug and play, sources said.
This will not only cut import bill but will also help in easy access to standard testing facilities and reduce cost of production, they said.
The project of Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone for creation of Common Facility Centre (CFC) for Superconducting Magnetic Coil Testing and Research was given in-principle approval recently.
The scheme proposes to provide 25 crore or 70 per cent of the project cost of setting up of CFCs, whichever is less, for creation of common facilities in any upcoming park.
According to estimates, the medical devices retail market in the country is of around 70,000 crore. The domestic medical devices industry is very small even though India is the fourth largest market in Asia.
India is largely an importer of medical devices, with domestic industry accounting for about 2 per cent of the global industry which stands at USD 250 billion, as per the estimates.