A major plan of the central government to bring the cycle industry in Ludhiana on fast track seems to have taken a back seat as the National Productivity Council (NPC) that was entrusted with the responsibility has, so far, not started the survey on the industry.
In July, two union ministers - micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) and commerce and industry minister - involved themselves in the high-profile project that could have turned the fortunes of the cycle industry.
The measure was taken by the central government after it realised that the bicycle industry was facing a decline in growth and significant decrease in exports of bicycles and cycle parts. The government decided to initiate a survey on cycle industry of the city for technological modulation and skill development.
The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme under MSME gave the responsibility of research to the National Productivity Council (NPC) under the commerce and industry ministry. NPC, an investigative agency for industries, was supposed to initiate a survey after forming a team.
NPC officials had also visited Ludhiana in July and interacted with the leaders of the bicycle industry. Harbhajan Singh, director general, NPC, and NK Chanji, director of the council, also held interactions with the bicycle industry and enquired about the issues concerning them.
The NPC, which will conduct the survey, will submit its recommendations with the central government. NPC will try to find out reasons behind the sudden decline in growth of bicycle industry of Ludhiana.
NK Chanji told Hindustan Times over phone from New Delhi that the survey had been delayed somehow and would take at least two to three months to be executed. “There is a lack of cooperation from the organisations that deal in cycle business. We will start the survey immediately after some formalities are completed,” Chanji said.
“Our teams will interact with the cycle industry and try to know the problems being faced by the industry in Ludhiana,” Chanji added.