Nitin Gadkari, the union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping said that India and Germany held discussions for developing vehicle scrapping capacity in India.
The Minister held detailed discussions with his German counterpart and Infrastructure Minister Alexander Dobrindt and his delegation in New Delhi yesterday, regarding the modalities for such collaboration.
In what may be a major step towards reducing pollution, Gadkari informed the German Minister that India has put in place all required regulations for the use of Flex-fuel like ethanol mixed with petrol.
He said that German automobile manufacturers can be called upon to manufacture cars that can run on flex-fuel for India, like the ones being manufactured in Canada and the United States.
German Minister has also met Anant Geete, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises to discuss various projects.
The main purpose of the meeting was to deepen mutual collaboration within the Indo-German Automobile Working Group.
Geete said that Germany is the biggest trade partner of India in Europe. He also stated the framework MoU signed in 2015 between the Department of Heavy Industries and Fraunhofer, Germany, which will act as the technology resource partner.
Geete said the objective of this MoU is to support and augment the ‘Make in India’ programme through increasing the innovation and technology prowess of Indian industry.
Current, he said that India is the safest destination for Investment in the world while inviting German industry to invest more in the country.
Geete has also said that efforts are on to implement the Euro -VI norms for Automobile sector by 2020 and work is also in progress for developing required fuel for the same.
The German Delegation also inquired on the scope of enhancing further invest in the Automotive research, the prospective use of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles and The Capital Goods Policy and the probable impact of GST recently passed by the Indian Parliament.
Responding to the enquiry Geete assured that any technical will be sorted amicably out in this regard. He also mentioned of the FAME India Scheme for the production of Electric and Hybrid vehicles as the future as for them only.
He said small entrepreneurs from Germany can also avail of the opportunities under the Capital Goods Policy.
On the availability of jobs in the German Companies, the German Minister said that 70 percent jobs are offered to the persons where their companies are working in other Countries.