The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has set up a Development Council for Bicycle.
The council will be involved in vision planning of the design, engineering and manufacturing of lighter safe and faster premium bicycles. These would be comparable with global standards for exports and domestic market, an official press release said.
The 23-member council will be headed by the Secretary, DPIIT. The constitution of the council is for a period of two years. Joint Secretary, Light Engineering Industry Division in DPIIT will be the Member-Secretary.
The council will have 9 ex-officio members from DPIIT and the Department of Commerce, Ministries of Housing and Urban Affairs, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Health and Family Welfare, Road Transport and Highways, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as well as the Bureau of Indian Standards.
It will also have four domain experts and four nominated members. The terms of the ex-officio members will be co-terminus with their official posting. Other members may be co-opted, as required, by the chairperson of the council.
The council will stimulate value chain and fuel accelerated demand growth of Make-in-India through efforts to improve competitiveness and level of services. It will seek to transform Indian bicycle technology and its value chain, the release said.
It will ensure the development of a holistic eco-system through close, coordinated and continuous stakeholder persuasion. The council will undertake all possible measures for leveraging bicycle demand. It may inter-alia include ensuring enabling (safe and segregated) cycling infrastructure and operations, it said.
It will seek to enhance export competitiveness of bicycles through the support of schemes and favourable trade policies. It will make efforts to popularize the benefits of cycling through the campaigns piloted by the concerned Ministries/ Departments of the Union Government such as the Ministry of Health (health benefits), Ministry of Environment and Forest (air/ noise pollution-free benefits), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (energy-saving benefits), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (decongestion benefits).
The council will also work for the development of medium and small industries to usher in a new mind-set through innovative schemes in a structured and synergetic manner.
It will ensure skilled human resources development for bicycle manufacturing and repair shops. It will identify and study the best international practices and success stories to adopt for bicycle manufacturing, recycling and infrastructure development in India, the release added.
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