Government Forms Inter-Ministerial Panel To Boost Country's Capital Goods Sector

Government Forms Inter-Ministerial Panel To Boost Country's Capital Goods Sector
Government Forms Inter-Ministerial Panel To Boost Country's Capital Goods Sector
PTI - 12 November 2020

The government on Wednesday said it has set up a 22-member inter-ministerial committee for strengthening India's capital goods sector through interventions that help it in contributing more actively towards achieving the target of a $5 trillion economy and a $1 trillion manufacturing sector.

The committee will look into issues pertaining to the capital goods (CG) sector, including technology development, mother technology development, global value chains, testing, skill training, global standards, reciprocity issues and custom duties to make the sector globally competitive and to become the manufacturing hub for the world, an official statement said.

Initiatives in the capital goods sector require in depth consultations and deliberations with all concerned Ministries/Departments on a regular basis.

"It is in this light proposed an inter-ministerial committee (IMC) is being constituted with representation from all the concerned Ministries/Departments dealing with the CG sector and using CG machinery to regularly meet and deliberate to address the issues and bottleneck pertaining to the sector," the statement said.

Any other relevant issue pertaining to the sector may also be brought before the committee with the prior approval of the chairman, it added.

Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Prakash Javadekar, in a tweet, said that the committee will work out ways and means to make the capital goods sector globally competitive.

The panel will help the Department of Heavy Industries in taking a holistic view for all the issues pertaining to the sector.

The IMC under the chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Heavy Industries with representation of sufficiently senior-level officers from the concerned Ministries/Departments will meet quarterly.

Any other Department or expert as required may be invited by the chair, the statement said.

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