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Govt to restructure 2 apex bodies for better inter-ministerial coordination

The restructuring proposal was mooted by government think tank Niti Aayog for 'providing a leadership and inter-ministerial coordination'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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With an aim to propel the Centre's initiatives, the government is likely to restructure two apex bodies — the and the — to ensure better inter-ministerial coordination.

The restructuring proposal was mooted by government think tank Aayog for "providing a leadership and inter-ministerial coordination" and a Cabinet note is being drafted to formalise the suggestion, officials told PTI.

According to the proposal, the may be restructured under the chairmanship of finance minister and the may be reconstituted as the Apex Monitoring Commitee, headed by with Secretaries from related departments as members, for inter-ministerial coordination, sources said.

The headed by P K Sinha at a meeting last month had also recommended that steps may be taken in regard to the monitoring structure proposed by the Aayog.

More than six years after it was approved by then Congress-led UPA government, the Centre last year constituted the to promote electric mobility and manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles and their components.

The had on March 31, 2011 cleared the proposals for launch of the and setting up of a (NBEM) and

The NBEM, chaired by the Secretary of Department of Heavy Industry, comprises senior bureaucrats as members, including secretaries in the Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Revenue, the ministries of power, road transport and highways, petroleum and Natural Gas, among others.

It also has six nominated members of eminence and expertise from the automobile industry, academia and research and development.

These include Vikram Kirloskar, CMD, Kirloskar Systems Ltd; Vinod Dashari, MD, Ashok Leyland; Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra and Mahindra; Annamalai Hemalatha, MD, and Sudarshan Venu, Joint MD,

The NBEM recommends policy guidelines and government interventions and possible strategies for promoting electric mobility and for encouraging manufacture of in the country.

One of its key functions is to explore and recommend collaborations and tie-ups for technology acquisitions, obtaining technical experts and explore possible agreements with leading R&D centres globally to facilitate availability of technology to the domestic industry.

First Published: Sun, February 18 2018. 16:00 IST