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Envt Min notifies manufacturing policy; Labour to follow soon

Last Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 20:53

New Delhi: The Labour Ministry will soon notify the much awaited National Manufacturing Policy (NMP), aimed at creating world-class infrastructure in India.

Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday said all the concerned departments including revenue and environment have notified the policy.

The NMP would be a key enabler for setting of National Manufacturing and Investment Zones (NMIZs), including the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). It is aimed at creating 10 crore new jobs by 2022.

While the Cabinet had approved the policy in October 25, 2011, there were differences between the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on one hand and the ministries of labour and environment on the other, on the issues related to relaxations given to units in the NMIZs.

"...The labour (ministry) have assured that they have unified all the compliance requirements under the 13 Central Labour Acts, and a common format will be notified (for NMIZs) by the end of this month," Sharma said.

An official said a total of 44 forms are required to be filed by a businessmen who want to set up a factory (in general). Out of this, 13 comes under the central government and rest with the state governments.

"We can simplify 13 and for rest we have to take states on board," the official said.

The NMP provides for certain relaxations with regard to environment and labour norms with in-built safeguards. Besides, fiscal sops are also proposed.

The policy seeks to raise share of the manufacturing sector in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 25 percent from the present 15-16 percent, within the next decade.

It envisages facilitation by the government in infrastructure development and improvement of the business environment through rationalisation and simplification of the regulatory framework.

On environmental issue for NMIZs, Sharma said: " There is only one environmental impact assessment which will be made right in the beginning by the special purpose vehicle and assisted by the state government. After that there is a single window clearance mechanism".

The government has already notified about seven zones in states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. These planned big enclaves could even subsume special economic zones.

Sharma was talking to reporters after holding the fourth meeting of a joint task force of officials and industry leaders on the reasons for decline in industrial production.


First Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 20:53
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