CLIK was conceived and established by a group of Bangalore based entrepreneurs as a unique consortium of all electronics industries in Karnataka way back in 1984 when the Electronics Industries began its first nascent steps as an entrepreneurial industry in India. Being a high tech and skilled industry, it fired the imagination of many young persons to start their own ventures but who were easily frustrated by the many bureaucratic procedures which were prevailing at that time. Entrepreneurs were grappling with the many restrictions placed on them due to the heavy import content nature of the products and conservation of foreign exchange of the country. So the industries were subjected to the Phased Manufacturing Program (PMP), Import Substitution Program, List Attestation, Priory Approvals, Reporting and Penalties. CLIK became the bridge between the Industries and the Government in establishing and easing the many complicated governmental procedures while mutually protecting both interest and goals Thus CLIK was the pioneer Industrial Association which became the trend-setter in finding ethical solutions for the Industry – Government interactions during the highly restrictive ” License Raj ” .
CLIK has seen the growth of the Electronics Industry in India starting from the ” Transistor Age” , the ICs era and now the micro-controller & micro-processor decade, all the while playing no mean role in ensuring Bangalore earned its sobriety as the Silicon Valley of India. CLIKs role has always been development in nature and maintaining a healthy Government – Industry relationship. Right from the beginning when CLIK re-designed the many forms and helped develop simpler but more effective statutory procedures in the Industries Department , Commercial Taxes, Customs and Excise Departments and Registrar of Companies (ROC) and other various Government Departments and Utilities like Labour, Shops & Establishments, Electricity Boards , etc , CLIK has earned a name for being a progressive , development oriented association to which the Industry and Government can turn to look for solutions and guidance
CLIK has initiated many Services to the Industry and now with the Globalisation and Liberalisation, has been assisting the Industry in finding its rightful place in the global scheme of things. Among the various services CLIK has on offer , the most important is that CLIK is on the Advisory Board of various Departments and Agencies . So be it any Certification, clarifications or representation of a specific issue troubling a firm, CLIK gets it redressed at the appropriate forums. It helps in giving inputs before any new Industrial Policy is formulated and advices and assist Government in its own adaptation of new technologies
CLIK Services is now segmented into four categories:
Under this , as mentioned above, CLIK interacts with the Government mainly in its role as a Advisory Member on various committees, the main ones being the Department of Industries and Commerce, as a Council member of KCTU Karnataka Council for Technology Upgradation, Customs & Excise Department, etc. In various Governmental Departments and Agencies, CLIK takes up general and individual issues of firms and helps in finding mutually satisfying redressals.
CLIK is in the process of reviving the earlier ” Panel of Experts ” Services where there are contracted a number of consultants and firms who are available to take up individual firm issues in areas of commercial tax, labour, customs & excise and Finance. While others are, mostly in problem solving, Bank Consultants will assist firms in getting adequate banking limits as well as in optimising functioning in inventory planning etc. This will be a great boon to all SMEs as in-adequate financing is the main hurdle for SMEs growth prospects.
Under this category will fall the many technical and marketing seminars and workshops , CLIK organizes at regular intervals to expose Industries to latest technical trends and open up markets in new geographies both domestic and overseas as well as emerging technologies and products. CLIK’s unique association with CBI- Centre for Imports, Netherlands has helped identify many member companies who were trained in various export requirements and introduced to the European Markets.
Since knowledge is power in this age of information, CLIK maintains a large library of Information on various aspects relating to industry. These are disseminated through a regular News Letter as well as exhaustively compiled CLIK Directory. Plans are afoot to construct a on-line library which will the be easily accessible at the touch of a button . The Government also relies on CLIK to get a more authentic data on the electronics industry. The Jobs Database, is an unique initiative, which helps job hunters and employers to find matches.