The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) has been set up by the
Government to provide a continuing forum for policy dialogue to energise and sustain
the growth of manufacturing industries in India. The NMCC is expected to suggest
various ways and means for enhancing the competitiveness of manufacturing sector
including identification of manufacturing sectors which have potential for global
competitiveness; current strengths and constraints of identified sectors, and recommend
National level industry/sector specific policy imitatives as may be required for
augmenting the growth of manufacturing sector.
The Government also nominated Members of the Council who are from various fields
of industry. Shri Ajay Shankar has been appointed as Member Secretary of the
The National Common Minimum Programme had identified the need to have a continuing
forum consisting of representatives from Government, the Industry and the Academicia
for policy dialogue to energize and sustain the growth of the manufacturing industry.
Food processing, Textiles and Garments, Engineering, Consumer goods, Pharmaceuticals,
Capital goods, Leather and IT hardware are among the priority items specifically
mentioned in the Common Minimum Programme.
Since 1991, the Indian economy is being progressively liberalized and its integration
to the global economy is deepening. On one hand the liberalization and globalization
have provided unprecedented opportunity for the growth and expansion of the industry
in general and the manufacturing in particular. On the other hand the Indian industry
has to not only faced stiff competition from free imports but also continue its
efforts to grow its export capability through competitiveness. There is a continuous
need to benchmark the Indian manufacturing sector against the best in the world
and enhance competitiveness of the manufacturing sector.