"The task force will be meeting the Department of Electronics and Information Technology secretary in the first week of January," Pankaj Mohindroo, national president, Indian Cellular Association, said.

"One of the main aim of this task force is to promote large-scale manufacturing/assembling activity to achieve production of 500 million units by 2019. This can create additional employment opportunities for 1.5 million approximately," a note issued by the department said.

It also laid thrust on increasing exports from the estimated 30 million units in 2014 to 120 million units by 2019.

India's position in mobile phone exports has fallen from seventh in 2009 to 14th in 2013. The value of exports was USD 3.40 billion in 2009 and fell to USD 2.28 billion in 2013.

Industry stakeholders say at this rate, handset exports will crash to zero in 2015.

"Through this task force we will be reaching out to global handset manufacturers, brands, ODMs (original design manufacturers) and EMS (electronic manufacturing services) to request them to come and set up shop in India.

The government has to provide a level playing fields to those players," Mohindroo said.

He said sub-committees will be formed under this group to carry out various tasks, adding that promoting manufacturing will also have a positive impact on the prices of mobile handsets and they will come down.

The estimated domestic mobile handset market size is Rs 75,000 crore in 2014, of which handsets worth Rs 58,550 crore are imported.

For 2015, the estimated market size is Rs 1 lakh crore, with imports accounting for Rs 75,500 crore.

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