PM initiates measures to boost manufacturing
New Delhi (PTI): Keen to boost manufacturing and exports amid sharp fall in the rupee, the government decided...
New Delhi (PTI): Keen to boost manufacturing and exports amid sharp fall in the rupee, the government decided to take a slew of steps, including enhancing steel production capacity to 300 million tonnes and increase textile exports by 30 per cent this year. A high-level meeting on Tuesday chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to give a push towards creating domestic manufacturing capabilities in advanced materials, alloys and composites, sources said. At a meeting of High Level Committee on Manufacturing, a go-ahead was given to building of civilian passenger aircraft, a dream project which has been in the pipeline for years and a pilot project for electric vehicles in Delhi. It has also decided that steps will be taken to build 300 million tonnes of steel capacity through Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) of Central Public Sector Enterprises with state governments, sources said. This will be a significant jump in the targeted capacity building as steel production this year is expected to be 120 million tonnes. The capacity was 89 million tonnes in 2011-12. The meeting also decided that quick decisions would be taken on raising textile exports by 30 per cent this year. In the last fiscal, textiles exports were about $34 billion. These decisions are crucial as these come against the backdrop of the government's keenness to boost manufacturing and exports amid falling value of rupee. The rupee on Monday hit the all-time low when it crossed 61 mark. The Prime Minister's focus was on the Strategic Industry Initiative covering areas of advanced materials like building of civilian aircraft and electric transport.