New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to take a decision on setting up of National Automotive Board (NAB), a body which would act as a facilitator between the government and the industry and promote R&D activities in the sector.

"The issue is likely to come up in the Cabinet tomorrow," a source said.

NAB will be a specialised body for promoting sustainable development of the Indian auto sector. Besides, it would also have a larger role in developing skills for the growing automobile sector.

The proposal was mooted by the Department of Heavy Industry.

According to industry experts, the board would also act as a think tank for the government, especially for the growth of hybrid and electric vehicles in the country.

If approved, the board will have members from the Department of Heavy Industry, Planning Commission and from various ministries, including Road Transport and Highways, Science and Technology, Environment and Forests. Besides, there would be scientists and industry representatives on the board.

The board will be the successor of the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP), which was formed to set up new auto testing and R&D centres along with upgrading the existing ones.

"Now, these centres have been established and some of them have been upgraded. Therefore, NATRIP's role has been completed," the source said.


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