Govt approves first-ever policy for capital goods sector

The policy envisages increasing exports to 40 percent of production, from the current 27 percent, while increasing the share of domestic production in India's demand to 80 percent from 60 percent, potentially making India a net exporter of capital goods.
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Feb 15, 2016, 07.33 PM | Source: PTI

Govt approves first-ever policy for capital goods sector

The policy envisages increasing exports to 40 percent of production, from the current 27 percent, while increasing the share of domestic production in India's demand to 80 percent from 60 percent, potentially making India a net exporter of capital goods.

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Govt approves first-ever policy for capital goods sector

The policy envisages increasing exports to 40 percent of production, from the current 27 percent, while increasing the share of domestic production in India's demand to 80 percent from 60 percent, potentially making India a net exporter of capital goods.

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Govt approves first-ever policy for capital goods sector
The government has cleared the first-ever policy for the country's capital goods sector, Union Minister for Heavy Industries Anant Geete today said.

"The capital goods policy was cleared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week," Geete told PTI.

The policy envisages increasing exports to 40 percent of production, from the current 27 percent, while increasing the share of domestic production in India's demand to 80 percent from 60 percent, potentially making India a net exporter of capital goods.

"The capital goods sector is currently going through many challenges and issues and to address those challenges, the government has launched the comprehensive policy document, the National Capital Goods Policy, today," Geete said at a Make in India week seminar in Mumbai.

"The clear objective of the National Capital Goods Policy is to increase production of capital goods from Rs 2,30,000 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 7,50,000 crore in 2025 and raising direct and indirect employment from the current 8.4 million to 30 million," he added.

It also aims to facilitate improvement in technology depth across sub-sectors, increase skill availability, ensure mandatory standards and promote growth and capacity building of MSMEs.

Key policy recommendations include strengthening the existing scheme of the Department of Heavy Industry on enhancement of competitiveness of the capital goods sector by increasing budgetary allocation and increasing its scope to further boost global competitiveness.

It entails stepping up exports of India-made capital goods through a 'Heavy Industry Export & Market Development Assistance Scheme (HIEMDA)', launch of a Technology Development Fund, setting up new testing and certification facility and upgrading existing ones, making standards mandatory in order to reduce sub-standard machine imports, among others. The policy recommends integration of key capital goods sub-sectors as well.

For good measure, it advocates launching a Technology Development Fund under the PPP model to fund technology acquisition, transfer of technology, purchase of IPRs, designs and drawings as well as commercialisation of such technologies of capital goods.

The policy also suggests creation of a 'Start-up Center for Capital Goods Sector' to provide an array of technical, business and financial support resources and services to promising start-ups in manufacturing and services. These services, it said, should focus on pre-incubation, incubation and post-incubation phases of a start-up's growth to ensure a robust foundation is established.

The policy also calls for mandatory standardisation, which includes defining minimum acceptable standards for the industry and adoption of International Organization for Standardization norms.

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