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Despite security issues MHA clears Huawei's manufacturing unit in TN

The Chinese telecom giant's proposal, pending since December 2013, was finally cleared by the MHA last week keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' campaign.

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Despite objections raised by intelligence agencies against allowing Chinese investment in the country, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has allowed Huawei to set up a manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu.

The proposal, pending since December 2013, was finally cleared by the MHA last week keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India ' campaign.

MAIL TODAY had earlier reported that the Centre is working on relaxing security norms for Chinese entrepreneurs despite intelligence agencies being sceptical about Chinese investment in certain sectors such as aviation, seaports, telecommunications, Internet service providers, defence, petroleum, shipping, road and pharmaceuticals. While granting the security clearance, the MHA has communicated that critical positions from security point of view like officer-in-charge of technical operations or chief security officer should be given to Indians.

The MHA's clearance will be further required if Huawei appoints foreign nationals as chairman, managing director, chief executive officer and chief financial officer. The decision to allow Huawei in India is a consequence of the recent security clearance policy that clearly defines national security to get rid of any arbitrariness that existed in the procedure. Sources said that despite the fact that the company works out of Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, security clearance was given keeping in mind the new policy.