Meeting of stakeholders to discuss the deployment of a common charger for electronic devices and mobile phones

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 17 Aug, 2022

In order to prevent e-waste in India, the government plans to examine the possibility of a ban on multiple chargers.

The government will hold a meeting with industry stakeholders on Wednesday to discuss adopting a common charger for mobile phones.

Among the attendees at the meeting will be manufacturers of portable electronic devices, including laptops and mobile phones, and it will be chaired by Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh.

This meeting will be attended by representatives from sector-specific associations, the industry bodies CII and FICCI, and IIT Delhi and IIT BHU.

'The meeting will be of an exploratory nature. We will work with stakeholders to determine how to adopt a common charger in India as well as their concerns,' the secretary said.

The European Union is already working toward adopting this standard, he said.

In addition to reducing the burden on consumers, the meeting with sector-specific organizations will assess the possibility of ending the use of multiple chargers in India.

Since the ports on existing chargers are incompatible with new devices, consumers have to buy a separate charger every time they buy a new device.

The European Union recently announced the adoption of a USB-C port standard for small electronic devices by 2024. In the US, there is also a similar demand.

As a government official said earlier, 'If companies can serve in Europe and the US, why can't they do the same in India? Portable electronic devices like smartphones and tablets should have a common charger.'

The official said that if India does not push for this change, such products may be dumped here.

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