Aiming 2 crore jobs, Cabinet clears capital goods policy

RSTV Bureau
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu beefing media in New Delhi

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu beefing media in New Delhi

Keeping the job requirement for the next 10 years in mind, Union Cabinet has approved the first-ever policy for the country’s capital goods sector to create over 21 million new jobs.

Sources said that government wants to create an ecosystem for a globally competitive capital goods sector to achieve total production in excess of Rs 7.5 lakh crore by 2025 from the current Rs 2.3 lakh crore.

“Cabinet has given its approval for National Capital Goods Policy. Production to go up from Rs 2, 30,000 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 7, 50,000 crore in 2025, jobs from 8.4 million to 30 million,” said PIB spokesperson in a tweet.

Government is aiming to increase domestic employment from the current 1.4 million to at least 5 million and indirect employment from the current 7 million to 25 million by 2025, thus providing additional employment to over 21 million people.

The policy aims to increase domestic production in capital goods demand from 60 per cent to 80 per cent by 2025 and in the process improve domestic capacity utilisation to 80-90 per cent.

“To increase exports from current 27 per cent to 40 per cent of production, share of domestic production in India’s demand from 60 per cent to 80 per cent,” he added.

A factory in Neemrana Industrial in Rajasthan.

A factory in Neemrana Industrial Area in Rajasthan.

The policy envisions increasing the share of capital goods in total manufacturing activity from 12 per cent at present to 20 per cent by 2025.

“Capital goods manufacturing, if it happens in India along with the manufacturing that is going to happen downstream, the entire economy gets fillip,” Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said.

The policy is envisaged to unlock the potential of this promising sector and establish India as a global manufacturing powerhouse, said the document unveiled earlier this year.

To create an ecosystem for globally competitive capital goods sector, the policy recommends devising a long-term, stable and rationalised tax and duty structure.

It also advocates adoption of a uniform Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime ensuring effective GST rate across all capital goods sub-sectors competitive with import.