New Delhi 03-12-2014 : The Modi Government will have to intensify its efforts to promote local manufacturing of electronics to counter the possible fallouts from the US-China trade pact that removes import tariffs on a host of new electronic items. Post the pact, which was signed by the two nations in mid-December, India is facing renewed pressure to sign the extended Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The Government has been reluctant to sign the pact, saying the ITA will only be benificial to India when domestic manufacturing is robust. Signing of the agreement will also go against PM Modi\'s \'make in India\' push as it will make importing goods cheaper than manufacturing them locally. A Government official said that though India has lost the support of China in opposing the extended ITA, it will not sign it, yet. From the perspective of promotion of electronics manufacturing, it is not in our interest to sign, the official said.
Only if we expand exports and local manufacturing, the ITA is in our interest, the official said, \"So, it puts pressure (on us) in the sense that in the next two years we have to develop manufacturing, he added. There are signs of local production picking up, he said. The official said that despite the past debacle, India would like to sign the agreement as it would give local firms access to a huge market.