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Plan to implement devices park at Gujarat under discussion at Inter-ministerial level

Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Policy to implement medical device park at Gujarat is currently being discussed at Inter-ministerial level at the centre following state industry department of Gujarat government giving final touches to identify and allocate the land for the same.

This will also help facilitate to create an ecosystem for manufacturing of high end medical device manufacturing aimed at import substitution and export opportunities and would be a major boost to SMEs. Currently, due to lack of such centrally located common facilities, manufacturers do not undertake production of technologies and therefore send their products abroad for process up-gradation and value addition.

Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers Ananth Kumar had also announced for setting up medical devices and pharma parks in Gujarat two years ago. Detailed Project Report (DPR) had also been submitted and a favourable response is also awaited on the same from the Centre, informed an official associated with the development.

The Centre has been mulling over quite some time for setting up the medical devices park in Gujarat in a bid to make India self-reliant in the sector. Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers had in the past sought cooperation from the state government to implement the project and the latter responded positively in terms of providing land for them.

Gujarat as a state has the largest number of 135 licensed medical device companies as against 240 in the entire country which are nurtured by Gujarat FDCA with an exemplary approach and has received recognition in the country.”

NIPER Ahmedabad is also being developed as a national centre of excellence for medical devices which will provide a conducive environment to nurture innovators and industry to further the vision of quality medical device manufacturing in the country through synergies with the government and other stake holders.

The creation of manufacturing park for medical devices is the need of the hour as medical devices manufacturing requires certain high investment facilities which are too capital intensive for individual manufacturers to invest upon. A park with in-house high investment scientific facilities would help manufacturers reduce the cost of manufacturing by more than 40 per cent to 50 per cent.

A dedicated medical devices park would be of immense help in reducing import dependency, increasing export while generating wealth and employment within the country.


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