Feb 2024 : Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India held consultation with representatives of Indian Cement Industry on the mechanism to collect cement production data ensuring 100 percent coverage of the industry.
Cement is one of the eight core industries in India. The Eight Core Industries comprise 40.27 percent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). The cement production data is used by the office of Economic Advisor, DPIIT to calculate the Index of Eight Core Industries in which the weightage of Cement production is 5.37 percent.
Indian cement industry is second largest in the world with installed cement capacity of 600 million tonnes and production of 391 million tonnes of cement in 2022-23. Presently, the cement production data is collected by DPIIT through Cement Information System (CIS) portal However, some plants are not providing data regularly.
Sanjiv, Joint Secretary, DPIIT informed that the department is giving ad-hoc permissions to cement plants as part of Ease of Doing Business, for manufacture and sale of cement without ISI mark for a period upto 150 days or till the plant gets BIS certification, whichever is earlier. In future, registration in CIS portal will be a prerequisite for considering the proposal for grant of Ad-hoc permission. He also informed that the CIS portal is being revised and the modified CIS portal will be launched shortly. For updation of the CIS portal, he directed the National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM) to discuss with representatives of the cement industry.
The representatives of the cement industry assured DPIIT that the cement production data will be provided regularly and agreed that the accurate and authentic production data of the cement industry will be beneficial for all. The industry representatives also assured that remaining plants will be onboarded on CIS portal by 31st March 2024.
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