The Department of Heavy Industry has notified a scheme namely FAME – India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India) for implementation with effect from 1st April 2015, wherein it is intended to support the hybrid/electric vehicles market development and its manufacturing eco-system to achieve self-sustenance at the end of the stipulated period. This scheme is aimed at incentivizing all vehicle segments i.e. 2-Wheelers, 3-Wheeler Auto, Passenger 4-Wheeler Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles and Buses. This scheme aims for a cumulative fuel saving of about 9500 million litres equivalent resulting in reduction of pollution and greenhouse gas emission of 2 million tonnes with targeted market penetration of 6-7 million vehicles per year by 2020. This mission will be one of the biggest contributors in reducing pollution from road transport sector in near future.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India and Fraunhofer – Gesellschaft, Germany on cooperation for technology resourcing in the field of Capital Goods was signed on 5th October, 2015 during the visit of the German Chancellor to India from 4th to 6th October, 2015. Fraunhofer Society (Gesellschaft) is a German applied research organization of global repute. The objective is to support and augment the “Make in India” programme through increasing the innovation and technology prowess of Indian industry. The activities include creating a roadmap for technological development for Indian industry, identifying and plugging technology gaps, implementation of identified projects in manufacturing and working with various stakeholders in Government, Industry & Academia for increasing cooperation in applied research.
A draft ‘National Policy on Capital Goods’ has been prepared after extensive industry consultations and circulated/uploaded on the DHI Website for comments of other stakeholders/public. This is the first time that a formal policy on the crucial capital goods sector has been formulated. The policy has been drawn in fulfilment of commitment made before the PM. The policy aims to give a boost to production, demand, quality, technology and exports in the Capital Goods sector by creating appropriate mechanisms and schemes for the same.
Under the notified Scheme for Enhancement of Competiveness in the Indian Capital Goods Sector a Proposal from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) for development of 11 machine tool technologies under Centre of Excellence component of the Scheme in association with six machine tool companies as Industry partners has been approved. This is a major step in industry-academia-government partnership in the capital goods sector, especially since most of the industry partners are in the MSME sector. Development of this CoE will be the first of its kind in the machine tools sector and will help developing important technologies which are presently not available in India.
Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic have signed an MoU on 24.11.2015 in Mumbai between Govt. of India and Govt. of Czech Republic to promote bilateral cooperation in all areas relevant to both in the field of heavy industry. This co-operation is expected to serve the mutual interest and contribute to the enhancement of the bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries. As a pilot project modernization of the existing facilities of the three plants of Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited, Ranchi, a Government of India Undertaking, will be taken up by way of introduction of new technologies, new equipment etc., and planned refurbishing of old plants and machinery of Czech Origin, by the Czech companies
Under the notified Scheme for Enhancement of Competiveness in the Indian Capital Goods Sector, a Proposal from Tools, Dies and Gauges Manufacturers Association (TAGMA) has been approved for setting up a TAGMA Centre of Excellence and Training (TCET). The project aim s to set up “Common Engineering Facilities Centre (CEFC) for the Tools, Moulds and Dies Industry”. The cost of the project is Rs.51.92 crore and approved DHI grant is for plant and machinery worth Rs.26.27 crore. This is the first CEFC project approved under the scheme and the facilities are to be set up at Chakan, Pune in Maharashtra. The project would be implemented within a year. The objective of this project is to upgrade existing Tooling Industry in and around Pune. Its main focus would be on those activities and services which are not available with the small and medium units like Tool Trial, Validation, Calibration set up, high end manufacturing facilities etc. The Centre would also run short term training courses with emphasis on practical training.
In the round-table interaction with the CEOs of India and Kazakhstan, co-chaired by Prime Minister of India and Mr. Karim Massimov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan at Astana, Kazakhstan. BHEL signed three Strategic MoUs with Kazakh companies for setting up power projects in Kazakhstan & other countries and arranging financing for modernization of hydro and thermal power projects.
A project for upgradation & modernization of “Turkmen-India Industrial Training Centre” (TIITC), Ashgabat, Turkmenistan agreed earlier by the Governments of India and Turkmenistan and entrusted to HMT (International) Limited, has been successfully completed. The completion of the project was announced in the joint statement by the Prime Minister of India and the President of Turkmenistan on 11th July, 2015. The project was officially handed over to Ministry of Education, Government of Turkmenistan / Turkmen State Architecture and Construction Institute, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan by the Embassy of India on 12th July, 2015.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has achieved a total order booking of Rs.22,457 crores upto October 2015 in the current financial year so far, as against Rs. 15,079 crores upto October 2014 during the last financial year.
Minister (HI&PE) inaugurated five facilities at GARC, NATRiP, Chennai on 27th August, 2015. With the inauguration of these facilities, more world class auto testing and homologation facilities created under the NATRiP project are now available to the auto industry.
Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises inaugurated the new Automatic SPV Module Manufacturing Line and 100 KW Rooftop SPV Power Plant of Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited (REIL) in Jaipur on 11th September, 2015. The Automatic SPV Module Manufacturing Line is setup to enhance the manufacturing capacity of REIL in line with “Make in India” Mission. During the visit, Hon’ble Union Minister also met Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Rajasthan wherein state government expressed their desire for help to setup solar power plants including manufacturing of equipments for the same.
An MoU was signed between HMT Limited and Fraunhofer on the development of new features in existing products, new product development, analysis of designs for improvement and new technology development. Five projects will be taken up on priority basis for the first phase of implementation. This initiative will help HMT to come back as a technology leader in the machine tools industry in India.
Andrew Yule & Company Limited (AYCL) and Scooters India Limited (SIL), CPSEs under this Department, which had been under reference to BIFR, were discharged from its purview as their net worth have turned positive. As a part of e-governance initiatives an E-platform for Demand Incentive Delivery Mechanism (DIDM) was launched by Minister for HI&PE Shri Anant G. Geete on 3rd September, 2015 at the Annual Convention of Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) in New Delhi. This E-Platform would facilitate online submission of claims as well as clearance of incentives for sale of hybrid and electric vehicles on a monthly basis, without any delays, under the initiative for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME-India) launched by the Government under the National Mission on Electric Mobility in April this year.