Development works of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) worth about Rs 1651 crore were inaugurated in Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat, by Amit Shah, Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation.
Shah laid the foundation stone of renovation works of ponds in Sarkhej, Bhadaj village, Ognaj, Jagatpur village and Tragad. He also inaugurated the permanent campus of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER). Many dignitaries including Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel and Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya were present on this occasion.
The Centre has approved investment of Rs 6000 crore to 74 industries in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing sectors under the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme, Shah said while addressing a gathering after dedicating the newly built campus of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) at Gandhinagar.
“The Central Government has approved an investment of Rs. 4,000 crore for 48 small and large industries in the pharmaceutical production sector under the PLI scheme, and a significant portion of this investment has already been made,” Shah said.
“Under the PLI scheme, domestic production of medical devices is also being promoted, and Modi government has given approval to 26 investors for investment of about Rs. 2000 crore. To promote bulk drug pharma parks, Modi government has also done the work of building 3 bulk drug pharma parks with a total cost outlay of Rs. 3000 crore,” he said.
“The Union government has taken a holistic approach and begun the process for the development of a cost-effective, sustainable and affordable process for 16 APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredient) and two KSMs (key starting material),” he said.
In the next one decade, India will not just become self-reliant but also be in a position to export them (APIs and KSMs), Shah added.
For India to become self-reliant in the field of medical devices, the government has come up with the National Medical Device Policy 2023, and now a separate policy is being made for its export as well, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader said. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya was also present on the occasion.
Out of seven NIPERs in India, the one at Gandhinagar will be the third campus to be fully functional after Mohli and Guwahati, while construction work for the campuses in Hajipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Raebareli is in progress, he said.
“NIPER is today a big name in higher, technical education, with around 8000 students having so far proved their success after joining the industry. NIPER is also credited with more than 380 patent registration, and more than 7000 research papers,” Shah informed.
He said the Rs 2,200-crore budget granted for the state-of-art laboratory will help research, adding that more than 270 MoUs had been signed between NIPER and the industry.
Shah thanked the pharmaceutical industry and said the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana could not have been made possible without its help.
People have been able to save medicines worth Rs 30,000 crore in the last nine years because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s dedication to the poor and desire for their upliftment, the Union minister said. In 2022-23 alone, they saved Rs 7,500 crore on medicines, he added.