Make in India gets govt push, depts told to source locally

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2014 00:31 IST

The Centre on Saturday directed ministries to favour domestically-produced goods in government procurement, spurring Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempts to haul the economy up by pushing India as a global manufacturing hub.

A government panel asked all departments to identify indigenous electronic equipment for purchase and notify it within a fortnight in a ringing endorsement of Modi’s flagship Make in India campaign that aims to draw investment, generate jobs and stimulate technology transfer.

The prime minister’s office said the department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) has been asked to have an online monitoring system up and running in a fortnight to record procurement of electronic products by ministries and state governments.

All government departments will have to follow a tender template already issued by DeitY for buying such merchandise, the PMO statement added.

The move comes two days ahead of a high-profile Make in India workshop where government and business leaders will collectively make presentations before the Prime Minister on sector-specific strategies to push manufacturing.
HT was the first to report this.

Cabinet ministers including Arun Jaitley, Nirmala Sitharaman and captains of industry from sectors like oil and gas, automobile and aviation, will be present at the event on December 29 to kick-start the second leg of the campaign, with representatives from states and major PSUs likely to participate.

The conference is expected to chalk out separate strategies focusing on the growth parameters to be adopted for next year and the coming three years.

Since winning power, Modi’s government has signed off on faster environmental approvals for industrial projects and taken steps towards ending state control of coal mining, seeking to boost manufacturing’s share in the economy to 25% by 2022 from around 16% now.

A total of 18 sessions will be held at the workshop on sectors including chemicals and petrochemicals, oil and gas, capital goods, pharmaceuticals, food processing, tourism and media, aviation, automobile, aerospace and defence and skill development, sources said.

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