The Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri. Ananth Kumar inaugurated “CHEMINAR-2016” in New Delhi. The subject of seminar was “Sustainable Chemistry – India’s future growth story”.
Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Ananth Kumar said that the Chemicals & Petrochemicals industry in the country is growing at the rate of 11 – 12 % and producing output worth $200 billion annually. He called upon the industry to target a growth rate of 14.7% per annum so as to double its output in next 5 years. He said the Government will facilitate in the growth story. Touching upon the issue of availability and cost of feedstock for these industries, he said that the Government can help in long term pricing contract with other countries for Natural Gas. Sh. Ananth Kumar said that there are 22 refineries in the country, and there is a move to set up chemical hubs around them. This will result in savings as cluster approach can reduce costs. The projects need not be confined only to the Greenfield projects but also cover the Brownfield projects i.e. the projects already running at various places. The Minister said that the Government can help in providing common facilities like infrastructure, effluent plants, trading and testing facilities, etc. which can help in cutting down the cost by 25 – 30 %. He called upon the industry to be competitive in all aspects. Sh. Ananth Kumar said that the Government has opted for Coal Gasification route for Talcher Fertilizer plant and is also laying gas pipelines to make available gas in the Eastern part of the country. On the issue of reverse SEZs, he said that the discussions are on with Iran and Mozambique, and other places can also be explored.
Earlier addressing the seminar, the Chemicals and Petrochemicals Secretary Sh. A.K. Bishnoi said that the sector has vast potential of generating employment. Though the sector contributes 3.8% to Indian GDP and 9.4% to exports, the per capita consumption of the products is low and hence, there is immense potential to grow. He expressed the Government’s commitment to make India an easy place to do work. He assured the industry that the steps will be taken to provide all facilities and clear bottlenecks. Sh. Bishnoi said that the National Chemical Policy covering all aspects of the industry is on the anvil which will help in scaling up investments and realize Economies of Scale. He called upon the industry to put in more R&D efforts and have closure linkages with academia.