Union Government unveils First National Capital Goods policy

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The idea of a 'National Capital Goods Policy' was first presented by the Department of Heavy Industry to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 'Make in India' workshop held in December, 2014.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for National Capital Goods Policy. The policy has been finalised after extensive stakeholder consultations with industry, academia, different ministries etc.

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Aim of the policy:

The key recommendations and elements of the policy have been formulated to support and boost development of this crucial sector. The aim of the policy is create game changing strategies for the capital goods sector.

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

The policy 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 issues addressed:

Some of the key issues addressed include availability of finance, raw material, innovation and technology, productivity, quality and environment friendly manufacturing practices, promoting exports and creating domestic demand.

Benefits of the policy:

The Policy will help in realising the vision of 'Building India as the World class hub for Capital Goods'. It will also play a pivotal role in overall manufacturing as the pillar of strength to the vision of 'Make in India'.

How will the objectives be met:

This is first ever policy for Capital Goods sector with a clear objective of increasing 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.

The objectives of the policy will be met by the Department of Heavy Industry in a time bound manner through obtaining approval for schemes as per the roadmap of policy interventions.

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