In a big push to further cement the operational contours of the National Manufacturing Policy (NMP), the GOI has established a Manufacturing Industry Promotion Board (MIPB) for matters pertaining to the implementation of the National Manufacturing Policy with Commerce and Industry Minister Shri Anand Sharma in the Chair.
The Board has been tasked to periodically review the overall situation of the manufacturing sector in the country. This will include review of State-wise/sector-wise performance of the manufacturing sector. The Board will also review the implementation of the National Manufacturing Policy in general and the development of NIMZs, wherever approved, in particular. The high level inter-ministerial nature of the Board will enable it to resolve co-ordination issues among central ministries on the one hand and state governments and central ministries on the other.
Shri Anand Sharma informed the Board of Trade on First June that “all the states have been requested to identify land banks for establishing NIMZs. States like Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have shown active interest.” Kerala and Karnataka have identified the area for setting up NIMZs in their States.
Another key mechanism, the Board of Approval (BOA), will be established for matters pertaining to the NMIZs. The Board will examine applications for starting NIMZs and recommend such proposals for consideration to the High Level Committee (HLC) as are found to be meeting the requirements of the National Manufacturing Policy. After consideration by the HLC, the proposals will be put up for approval to the Commerce and Industry Minister.