Bhubaneswar: Focusing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Look East’ policy, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minster Dharmendra Pradhan today urged automobile manufacturers to set up manufacturing units in States like Odisha and Jharkhand.
Attending at the 58th annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) in New Delhi, Pradhan appreciated the role of automobile industry as a key driver of growth and employment in India, which has helped us achieve a healthy GDP to become the world’s fastest growing large economy and extended an invitation to SIAM India to look east, towards States like Odisha, Jharkhand for setting up manufacturing units and R&D centres.
“Prime Minister’s Purvodaya vision focuses on a paradigm change in the development of the Eastern States. The past four years have witnessed an unprecedented growth in logistics infrastructure and skilled manpower in these mineral rich states of India,” said Pradhan, who hails from Odisha.
The Union Minister also thanked members of the SIAM India for their support in BS-VI programme and reassure pan-India launch of BS-VI grade fuel by April 1, 2020.
“Work is underway for expansion of CGD network in 300 districts, nearly half of India’s geography. This massive infrastructure expansion will unleash great potential for automobile sector to manufacture CNG-LNG vehicles,” said Pradhan.