India’s dependence on imports for bulk drugs and APIs




India’s dependence on imports for bulk drugs and APIs

As per the Boston Consulting Group Report of 2013 import of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) during the year 2013 was approximately US $ 3.5 billion of which a large share was from China. The Government had constituted a High Level Committee known as the Katoch Committee on 08.10.2013 to study and identify the APIs of critical importance and to work out a package of interventions/concessions required to build domestic production capabilities and to examine the cost implications.
The Katoch Committee has inter-alia recommended establishment of Mega Parks for APIs with common facilities such as common Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs), Testing facilities, Captive Power Plants/assured power supply by state systems, Common Utilities/Services such as storage, testing laboratories, IPR management, designing, etc., maintained by a separate Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV); a scheme for extending financial assistance to states to acquire land and also for setting up common facilities, revival of public sector units for starting the manufacturing of selected and very essential critical drugs (e.g., penicillins, paracetamol etc.); financial investment from the Government for development of clusters which may be in the form of a professionally managed dedicated equity fund for the promotion of manufacture of APIS and extending fiscal benefits to creation of the entire community cluster infrastructure and individual unit infrastructure; extension of fiscal and financial benefits to promote the bulk drugs sector; promoting stronger industry-academia interaction, synergizing R&D promotion efforts by various govt. agencies, icentivising scientists, duty exemptions for capital goods imports.

These recommendations are being examined for formulation of a Policy for Promotion of Manufacturing of Bulk Drugs.

This information was given by Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Agri Export Zones

During the last three years, no funds have been allocated specifically for AEZs. However, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has extended financial assistance to the exporters in the AEZs under its Plan Scheme. As on March 2012, all the 60 AEZs in 20 States have completed their notified span of five years. On account of this, State Nodal Agencies have not reported any information about exports and employment generation in these 60 AEZ, since last three years.

The concept of Agri Export Zone (AEZ) was initiated by the Government of India in the year 2001 under Chapter – 16 of Exim Policy. The objective behind the notification of AEZ was to focus on potential products from the export perspective and address critical issues in creation of exportable quantity and quality and to synergize the use of all available resources and logistics from central and state sector schemes in existence. 60 AEZs in 20 States were notified by the Government till 2005. APEDA had signed MoUs with state governments defining the commitments of State Governments for implementation of AEZs. The Ministry of Commerce & Industry set up a Peer Review group to look into the performance of AEZs in December 2004. It was decided not to consider notification of any new AEZs unless there are strong compelling reasons. Therefore, the Government has not notified any new AEZs during the last three years.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Redressal of Exporters Grievances

Two institutional mechanisms are proposed for addressing the issues of exporters and for regular communication with stakeholders, namely the "Board of Trade" which will have an advisory role and offer a platform for discussions and consultations and the other being the "Council for Trade Development and Promotion" which will be a body with representatives of Central Government and various States and UT Governments.

Besides the above two institutional mechanisms, product/sector specific export promotion councils and various industry and trade bodies will continue to be the specialised institutions available for consultation from time to time.

The Government is committed to easy and speedy redressal of grievances from Trade and Industry. The following mechanisms/measures have been put in place:

(i) Foreign Trade Policy provides for relaxation of Policy and Procedures on grounds of genuine hardship and adverse impact on trade, wherein the Director General of Foreign Trade is empowered to consider request for relaxation of policy and also to provide an opportunity for Personal Hearing (PH) before Policy Relaxation Committee (PRC), if required.

(ii) To consider individual grievances of exporters/importers, Grievance Committees have been constituted at Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) Headquarters and at various Regional Offices of DGFT.

(iii) For resolving Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) related issues/grievances of the exporters/importers, a web based complaint monitoring system is in operation. Complaints of exporters/importers are being resolved on real time basis.

(iv) Further, a Toll Free Number (1800 111 550) and dedicated email identity have been provided for resolving EDI and Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) number related issues/ grievances of exporters/ importers.

(v) To resolve quality complaints and trade disputes of exporters/importers, Committees on Quality Complaint and Trade Dispute (CQCTD) have been constituted in 22 offices of DGFT.

(vi) An All India Customs Consultative Group with the objective to discuss the issues related to Customs policy as well as procedure aspects of import and export operations with various stakeholders, has been constituted in the Central Board of Customs Excise (CBEC). Arrangements for discussing and resolving such issues at the Commissionerate and Zonal level by the field formations of the CBEC are also in place.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Supply of Cement at below Market Price

Bids were invited by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways for the rates of cement from the cement manufacturers in the country for supply of cement, on cash and carry basis, to all Central Government/State Government organizations including government owned organizations for undertaking National Highways projects and other centrally sponsored projects.

Various cement manufactures in the country have offered to supply different grades of cement at rates (ex-factory), which are below the current market rates. The rates of various grades of cement quoted by the cement manufacturers for the offered quantities of the cement having a validity of one year along with Terms and Conditions for supplying cement are available at the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways website (www.morth.nic.in). Supplies for the ordered quantities shall be arranged at the quoted rates (excluding taxes) by the cement manufacturers directly to all central Government/State Government organizations, Govt. owned Corporations, local bodies Contractors/concessionaries etc. on receipt of supply orders from the respective consignees.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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North-East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy

To promote industrialization in the States of North Eastern Region leading to overall growth of the region, the Government announced a package of fiscal incentives, namely the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007, w.e.f. 01.04.2007 for a period of 10 years, salient features of which are grant of (i) Central Capital Investment Subsidy @ 30% of investment in Plant and Machinery, (ii) Central Interest Subsidy @ 3% of working capital loan availed for a period of 10 years from the date of commencement of commercial production (DOCP), (iii) reimbursement of insurance premium paid towards insurance of fixed capital assets for a period of 10 years from DOCP, (iv) Excise Duty exemptions for a period of 10 years from DOCP and (v) Income Tax exemption for a period of 10 years from DOCP.

Units have been set up both in the Manufacturing Sector and Services Sector, covering various fields such as Pharmaceuticals, Steel and Rolling Mill, Cement, FMCG, Packaging, Poultry Feed, Ferro-alloy, Bakery, Hotels, Hospitals, Power Generation, etc.

Fresh registration of industrial units for claiming benefits of the schemes under NEIIPP, 2007 has been suspended w.e.f. 01.12.2014, since committed liabilities under the Package are far greater than Annual budget allocation. However, the scheme has neither been cancelled nor withdrawn. There is no proposal for discontinuing the scheme at present. A number of initiatives have been taken in the recent past for smooth implementation of the scheme.

To give a further boost to internal trade, the Government has been implementing the scheme, namely, Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure (ASIDE), under which special emphasis is given to development of infrastructure in the NER States. This Scheme has been devolved to States in the current financial year. Apart from this, an Export Development Fund (EDF) has also been set up with the objective of promoting exports from the region. Efforts have also been initiated to mainstream the States, including NE States, for boosting exports.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Setting up Bio-Gas and Coal Bed Methane Plants

Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) under Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has issued licences to set up bio-gas based and coal bed methane based natural gas filling plants to encourage alternate fuels in the country.

PESO has also issued 14 licenses and 7 approvals for filling and storage of compressed Bio-gas in cylinders. Further, 7 licenses have also been issued for dispensing of Coal bed methane based natural gas as a fuel in automotive vehicles.

PESO has issued permission to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to set up hydrogen manufacturing and dispensing facilities in their R&D centre.

PESO has issued a licence for dispensing of Hydrogen-CNG blend as fuel to M/s. IOCL at their R&D Centre Faridabad, Haryana for their own use for demonstration purpose; ‘in principal’ approval has also been issued for dispensing hydrogen to vehicles for demonstration and data acquisition purpose at the above centre.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Intellectual Property System

India continues to be placed on the Priority Watch List under the US Special 301 on account of USA’s assessment of Indian IPR protection being inadequate.

The Special 301 Report issued by the United States under their Trade Act of 1974 is a unilateral measure to create pressure on countries to enhance IPR protection beyond the TRIPS agreement. Under the WTO regime, any dispute between two countries needs to be referred to the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO and unilateral actions are not tenable under this regime. Special 301 which is an extra territorial application of the domestic law of a country is inconsistent with the established norms of the WTO.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Self–sufficiency in fertilizer production 
The month-wise demand /requirement of fertilizers is assessed and projected by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) in consultation with the State Governments before commencement of each cropping season.  On the basis of month-wise & state-wise projection given by DAC, Department of Fertilizers allocates sufficient/adequate quantities of fertilizers to States by issuing monthly supply plan and continuously monitors the availability. The gap in the demand and domestic production of fertilizers is met through imports.

The Government has notified the New Investment Policy (NIP) 2012 and amendment to NIP-2012 on 2ndJanuary 2013 and 7th October 2014 respectively to facilitate fresh investment in urea sector to boost the indigenous production of Urea and to reduce import dependency.

All the P&K fertilizers are under the OGL. The gap between requirement and indigenous production of fertilizers is met thought imports. India’s dependency on import at present is to the extent of 25% of our requirement of Urea, 90% in case of Phosphates and 100% in case of Potash. As we are dependent on import of either finished fertilizer or its raw material to a great extent, it is not possible to achieve self-sufficiency in fertilizer sector at present. However, the Government has been encouraging Indian Companies to establish Joint Ventures abroad in Countries which are rich in fertilizer resources for production facilities with buy back arrangement and to enter into long term agreement for supply of fertilizers and fertilizer inputs to India. Further, the Department is also working with the goal of having access to acquisition of the fertilizer raw materials aboard to ensure assured supply of raw materials and fertilizers inputs to augment indigenous production and reduce import dependency.

            The production/Imports of major fertilizers in the country for the last one decade is given in the table below:-

PRODUCTION AND IMPORT OF UREA, DAP & COMPLEX FERTILIZERS FROM 2005-06 TO 2014-15
(Figure In Lakh MT)
YEAR
UREA
DAP
COMPLEX FERTILIZERS
TOTAL
Prod.
Import
Prod.
Import
Prod.
Import
Prod.
Import
2005-2006
200.98
20.57
46.28
24.36
67.63
0.00
314.89
44.93
2006-2007
203.09
47.18
48.52
28.41
74.64
0.00
326.25
75.59
2007-2008
198.58
69.29
42.12
27.22
58.50
0.00
299.20
96.51
2008-2009
199.22
56.67
29.93
61.91
68.48
0.00
297.63
118.58
2009-2010
211.12
52.09
42.47
57.60
80.38
0.00
333.97
109.69
2010-2011
218.80
66.09
35.37
74.09
87.27
9.80
341.44
149.98
2011-2012
219.84
77.92
39.63
68.97
77.70
36.44
337.17
183.33
2012-2013
225.75
78.66
36.47
56.41
61.80
4.01
324.02
139.08
2013-2014
227.15
70.87
36.11
32.61
69.13
3.62
332.39
107.10
2014-2015
225.85
87.49
34.44
38.17
78.32
2.91
338.61
128.57

            This information was given by Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Price Stabilization Fund Scheme 
The Price Stabilisation Fund Scheme for the Plantation Crops, namely Tea, Coffee and Rubber was set up in 2003 with the objective of providing financial relief to growers on account of fall in the prices of commodities below a specified level. Under the scheme, growers are entitled for financial assistance at the rate of Rs one thousand only when average annual domestic price falls below twenty percent of seven years moving average of international price. The Scheme is based on contribution from the growers and the Government in varying proportions ranging from Rs five hundred to Rs one thousand depending on the year in question being a normal year, distress year or boom year. The Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF) Scheme was launched initially for a period of ten years from April 2003 to March 2013. The extended Scheme period got over on 30.09.2013.

            The corpus of Price Stabilisation Fund consists of one time contribution of Rs 435.55 crores received from the government and the growers and stands at Rs 1011.69 crores as on 31.03.2015.

The details of year wise expenditure on account of the schemes implemented from the Price Stabilisation Fund are given below:                                                
                                                                                            (Rs in thousand only)
Year
Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF)
Personal Accident Insurance Scheme (PAIS)
Total
2012-13
266.5
1114.4
1380.9
2013-14
1.50
120.0
121.5
2014-15
-
-
-
Total
308.5
1899.4
2207.9

The total cumulative expenditure on of the above schemes since inception of the Fund is Rs 1.53 crores. During calendar year 2010, 2011 and 2012 all crops were under “Boom” Category. Therefore, actual utlisation under PSF Scheme remained low. 

The PSF 2003 Scheme could not be effective for a number of reasons including: low financial assistance offered, assistance not linked to landholding, stringent criteria for determination of distress and the prices generally ruling high during the implementation period.
The scheme is being reviewed and is at the final stages of drafting and consultation. The Department of Commerce has done extensive consultations with a view to create an insurance based scheme. It has endeavoured to address all concerns of the PSFT.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.                                                          
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Policy Paper for Import 
 Details of import of crude oil, fertilizers and coal are as under:




(Values in Million US $)

Sl. No
ITEMS
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15*

1
Coal,Coke And Briquittes Etc
16995.89
16403.46
17692.07


Fertilizers Crude
1351.63
926.10
1025.43


Fertilizers Manufactured
7403.85
5337.83
6334.80

2
Fertilizers Total
8755.48
6263.93
7360.22

3
Petroleum: Crude
144519.72
143643.36
116442.11

Grand Total (1+2+3)
170271.09
166310.75
141494.41







Import appraisal is done on quarterly basis by the Department of Commerce to see the trend in imports. However, the issues related to strategy for reducing the high import dependency on crude oil, coal and fertilizers are being addressed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; Ministry of Coal; and Department of Fertilizers respectively.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.                                                          
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Agro Processing SEZs 

            Since Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Act and Rules were notified in February, 2006, formal approvals have been granted for setting up of 9 SEZs for Agro and Food Processing, out of which, 8 SEZs have been notified. A total of 4 SEZs are exporting. A statement showing list of Agro and Food Processing SEZs is at Annexure.

List of Agro and Food Processing SEZs
Sl. No.
Name of the developer
Type of SEZ
Area
(In hectares)
SEZ status
1
Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation
Agro-processing
139
Notified
2
Madhya Pradesh Audyogik Kendra Vikas (Jabalpur) Limited
Agro Based Products
101.21
Notified
3
Nagaland Industrial Development Corporation Limited
Agro and Food Processing
50
Notified
4
Ansal Colours Engineering SEZ Limited
Agro and Food Processing Products
25.69
Notified
5
Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA)
Agro Based Food Processing
12.52
Notified/
Operational
6
Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB)
Food Processing
159.733
Notified/
Operational
7
Parry Infrastructure Company Private Limited
Food Processing
101.12
Notified/
Operational
8
Akshaypatra Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.
Food Processing
108.30
Formal
 Approval
9
Pearl City (CCCL Infrastructure Limited)
Food Processing
121.50
Notified/
Operational

            In terms of SEZ Act, 2005, a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) may be set up either jointly or severally by the Central Government, State Government or any person for manufacture of goods or rendering services or for both or as a free trade warehousing zone. Such proposals duly recommended by the concerned State Government are considered by the Board of Approval for SEZs. SEZs are generally private investment driver.

            Fiscal benefits and duty concessions allowed to SEZ units in general are admissible in respect of unit setup by Agro and Food Processing industries as well. 

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.                                                   

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Revenue Through SEZs 

             On the basis of inputs/suggestions received from stakeholders on the policy and operational framework of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Scheme, Government periodically takes necessary measures so as to facilitate speedy and effective implementation of SEZ Scheme. The contribution of SEZ exports and country’s exports during the last four years (upto 31stDecember, 2014) is as under:


Sl. No.

Financial
Year
Exports

*Total exports of the Country
(Value in Rs.  Crore)
Total SEZ Exports
 (Value in Rs. Crore)
% share of SEZ exports in the total exports of the country
1
2011-12
14,65,959
3,64,478
24.86
2
2012-13
16,35,261
4,76,159
29.12
3
 2013-14
19,05,011
4,94,077
27.97
4
2014-15
(1.4.2013 to 31.12. 2014)
14,65,171
3,48,584

23.79
*Source: DGCIS, Kolkata

Major exports from SEZs constitute a wide spectrum of goods and services ranging from Engineering, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Petro chemicals, Apparels and Garments, Gems and Jewellery, IT/ITES etc.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.                                                  

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Development of Tannery/Leather Industry 

            The leather industry as a whole employs around 2.5 million persons whose segment-wise and state-wise position are as below:-

Employment in various segments in Leather Industry
                                                                                 
Industry Segment
Workforce (All over India)
In million
Percentage of Total
Flaying, curing, handling & transport etc. of raw material – (Self-employment)

1.00

40%
Tanning and finishing (organized)
0.10
4%
Footwear & Footwear components - (organized)
0.20
8%
Footwear & Footwear components (cottage, household and rural artisans in unorganized sector)
0.90
36%
Leather Garments, Goods etc. (Organized sector)
0.30
12%
Total
2.50
100%

(State-wise distribution)
S. No.
State
Percentage of Total People Employed
1.
Tamil Nadu
42%
2.
Uttar Pradesh
26%
3.
West Bengal
7%
4.
Haryana
5%
5.
Punjab
4%
6.
Delhi
3%
7.
Maharashtra
2%
8.
Karnataka
2%
9.
Rajasthan
2%
10.
Andhra Pradesh
1%
11.
Others
6%

Total
100%








  













 Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP) is being implemented for  development of leather sector in 12th FYP with an outlay of Rs.990.36 crore in the country. The major objective of ILDP is to augment raw material base, enhance capacity, modernization and up-gradation of leather units, address environmental concerns, human resource development, support to traditional leather artisans, address infrastructure constraints and establish institutional facilities. The ILDP comprises the following six sub-schemes:

(i)     Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS) - Under this sub-scheme, assistance is provided for technology up-gradation/modernization and/or expansion and setting up of a new unit in the leather sector. The Sub-scheme provides assistance in form of investment grant to the extent of 30% of cost of new plant and machinery for micro and small enterprises and 20% of cost of new plant and machinery for other units subject to a ceiling of Rs. 2 crore for each product line.

(ii)   Human Resource Development (HRD) - HRD mission targets potential work force for leather sector and lays stress on skill development and technical development. This project is intended to train and prepare individuals to be fit to work in medium to large industrial units. Up gradation of skills of persons already employed in the sector, besides training for   trainers/supervisors, is also undertaken. Under Placement Linked Skill Development Training, at least 75% of trained persons are placed in the industry as per the guidelines.
         
(iii)        Support to Artisan - There are various clusters in India making traditional footwear and other leather goods. The aim of this scheme is to promote the clusters at various forums as they are an integral part of rural Indian economy and have potential for generating local employment and export. The artisan clusters all over India would be supported for enhancing their design and product development, capacity building, providing marketing support, establishing common facility center and marketing support/linkage. The broad objective of this component is to ensure better and higher returns to the artisans resulting into socio-economic upliftment.

(iv)        Establishment of Institutional Facilities - The sub-scheme of ILDP aims at providing institutional facilities by way of establishing new campuses of FDDI to meet the growing demand of the leather industry for footwear technologies, designers, supervisors and mechanics. Two new branches of FDDI in Punjab and Gujarat are being set up.

(v)          Leather Technology, Innovation & Environmental Issues - This sub-scheme provides financial support to Leather Cluster to meet the prescribed pollution control discharge norms and environmental issues. This covers establishment/ expansion/ up gradation of CETPs, Technology benchmarking for implementing cleaner technologies for environment management, utilization of solid waste from tanneries and conducting workshops to educate and train the tanners and tannery workers.

(vi)        Mega Leather Cluster - The major objective of developing Mega Leather Clusters is to create state of the art infrastructure and to integrate the production chain in a manner that caters to the business needs of the leather industry so as to cater to the domestic market and exports. These mega clusters will assist the entrepreneurs to set up units with modern infrastructure, latest technology, and adequate training and Human Resource Development (HRD) inputs. The development of Mega Leather Clusters would help in creating additional employment opportunity, particularly for the weaker sections of society. Mega Leather Clusters (MLC) for the development of leather industry will have common facilities. The project cost would cover various infrastructure development components like Core Infrastructure, Special Infrastructure, Production Infrastructure, HRD & Social Infrastructure, R&D Infrastructure and Export services related infrastructure.

            Being a Central Sector Scheme, funds are not allocated/released to State/UT. It is released to concerned implementing agencies. Year wise funds allocated/released and utilized under ILDP for the last three years are given below:-

Year
Funds allocated (Rs. in crore)
Funds released/utilized (Rs. in crore)
2012-13
90.00
90.00
2013-14
150.01
150.01
2014-15
270.00
270.00

                                                         
            Besides support under ILDP, assistance has been provided for installation of one Common Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility and one Common Effluent Treatment Plant in Unnao (Kanpur), Uttar Pradesh and for three Common Effluent Treatment Plants with Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) at Thuthipet (Ambur), Maligaithope (Ambur) and Valayampet (Vaniyambadi) in Tamilnadu  under Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS) being implemented by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.


            Further, assistance to leather industry has also been provided through the following projects by Department of Commerce:-

a)             Establishment of two CETPs/Leather Industrial park at Industrial park at Industrial Growth Centre, Lassipora, Pulwama and Industrial Growth Centre, Samba, Jammu & Kashmir,

b)                                                                                                                  Proposal of the CLE for undertaking Animal Welfare Projects in West Bengal and Karntaka,

c)                                                                                                                  Development of additional infrastructure in the Ambur Trade Centre like fire fighting work, Car parking and internal road work at Ambur (Tamilnadu),

d)                                                                                                                  Establishment of Testing Laboratory at Ranipet (Tamilnadu),

e)                                                                                                                  Infrastructure upgradation of Design Studio in Kolkata (West Bengal),

f)                                                                                                                    Establishment of Common Facility Centre in the leather cluster of Jalandhar (Punjab),

g)                                                                                                                  Establishment of Trade Centre at Agra (Uttar Pradesh),

h)                                                                                                                  Common Facility Centre in Melvisharam, Tamilnadu,

i)                                                                                                                    Upgradation of Ranitec Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), District Vellore, Tamilnadu,

j)                                                                                                                    Upgradation of CETP in Madhavaram Leather Cluster, District Chennai, Tamilnadu.


This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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Quality Standards of Products 

                        Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has formulated Indian standards in the identified sectors. Further, BIS has also identified new subjects which are either under development or identified for formulation of Indian Standard in these sectors on fast track basis under the Make in India Campaign.
Sl. No.
Sector
Existing number of Indian Standards
Subjects under development / Identified for Indian Standard formulation
(i)
Auto Sector
51
07
(ii)
Food Processing
54
21
(iii)
Textiles
14
02
(iv)
Electrical Machinery
25
02
(v)
Electronic Gadgets
27
11





           
The adoption of the updated standards and new standards under formulation under the Make in India Campaign aims at achieving production of products of minimal quality defects.
This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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