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New industrial policy to focus on modernising existing industries: Suresh Prabhu

Publication - The New Indian Express

Publish Date - 15 Mar 2018

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The new industrial policy, which will be released soon, will focus on modernising existing industries, besides pushing for frontier technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu today said.

The ministry has already released the draft industrial policy, seeking views of all stakeholders.

"Because of new industries, what (will) happen to existing industries? Our policy focuses on modernising existing industries as a first step," he said here at the AIMA function.

The minister also asked industries to come forward to respond to the changes which would come up on account of Industrial Revolution 4.0.

The term Industrial Revolution 4.0 is synonymous with smart manufacturing and it encompasses cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and cognitive computing.

On fears that introduction of these technologies would impact jobs, the minister said these new technologies may have some implications on employment generation in one sector, but it would create huge job opportunities in several other areas.

Further, he said that India's economy would reach USD 5 trillion in the coming years; and out of this, 20 percent is expected to come from the manufacturing sector.

"While we modernise existing industries, we should focus on new industries also" as they will drive the growth of tomorrow, he said.