Chandigarh 22 July (Pooja Goyal)

Confederation of Indian Industry organised ‘Conference on Achieving Excellence in Manufacturing Challenges & Opportunities’ today at CII Northern Region Headquarters here today. The conference focused on the challenges before the manufacturing sector. Mr R K Verma, Secretary, Industries & Commerce & Information Technology, Government of Punjab, assured of all support to the industry and invited feedback from the industry leaders at the conference to amend the Industrial policy if required.

In his special address, Mr R K Verma, Secretary, Industries & Commerce & Information Technology, Government of Punjab, said, “For past three months, the Government of Punjab has been intensely focused on formulating the new Industrial policy for the state in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry. The aim is to revamp industrial and manufacturing sector. The draft policy is with CII for feedback from the industry.”
“From the previous incentive-focused policies, the state government is more focused on reviving and incentivizing the existing industry. District level single-window systems will be established to facilitate industry units to get all clearances through a designated agency. The policy is focused on providing hassle-free services to the existing as well as future industrial units. For the new industrial policy, the state government has inverted the pyramid by making focus on the MSMEs the priority sector, followed by medium and big enterprises. The state government will provide infrastructure services, mentorship, credit, and guidance to support the small industries on priority.”

“The government has adopted a holistic approach to boost industrial growth through the new Industrial Policy.
To ensure that the Industrial Policy is translated into action, the Chief Minister himself will supervise progress of the same through separate implementation units on the status and progress of the Industrial Policy. Feedback from the industry is welcome through CII on any possible lapses. We need to create a culture conducive to nurture start-ups, innovation and entrepreneurship,” Verma said.

Mr Viren Popli, Conference Chairman, and Chief Operating Officer, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (Swaraj Division) said, “With the advent of technology the manufacturing sector is in a state of flux. Robotics, automation, Green energy solutions are all going to change manufacturing sector of the future. Together we need to get everyone involved in the manufacturing. CII had been given the mandate to prepare sectoral policies in critical areas of Manufacturing, Defence & Aerospace, Education & Skill Development, Food Processing & Renewable Energy. As a part of this exercise and in our interactions with various stakeholders we found that at the core of any thriving economy has been a flourishing manufacturing sector. As the world is moving towards industry 4.0, India and especially Punjab will also have to move with it if Make in India has to succeed and the Industry in this has remain competitive. This will mean that we have to adopt and adapt new technologies not only in our manufacturing but right through our supply chains. Adoptions of advanced manufacturing technologies will be vital to gain competitiveness in cost, speed, innovation and quality.”
Mr Gurmeet Singh Bhatia, Chairman, CII Punjab State Council, said, “Owing to the continuous and fierce struggle to preserve our narrow profit margins, we entrepreneurs in this region are often locked in our routines and unable to introduce innovative improvements to our products and processes and look beyond the boundaries of our firms to innovate, adopt new practices, technology and enhance our internal competitiveness. As a result, the growing complexity and variation of markets is forcing manufacturers to rethink their source-make-deliver processes, depending on target market locations, requirements and conditions. All this requires a closer integration of manufacturing operations in the company’s overall value chain – which will in turn call for harmonization of technologies, the capability to handle massive data flows, the use of appropriate metrics and last but not least, the correct interpretation of this information.

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