New Delhi: The inter-ministerial differences between Labour and Environment ministry has led to further delay in the approval of much awaited National Manufacturing Policy (NMP). 

In a cabinet meeting on Thursday, the policy failed to get clearance in the absence of Labour minister, Mallikarjun Kharge. If sources are to be believed, provisions of giving relaxation in Labour and Environment laws is the major hurdle in forming consensus over policy approval.

Moreover, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) proposal was also postponed by the Ministers for the next cabinet meeting.

Addressing media persons, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni informed that the absence of labour minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, who is presently abroad, has delayed in the confirmation of NMP draft.

She said, “Ministers who were present in the meeting raised several queries on manufacturing policy which were addressed by the Commerce and the Industry minister. But in the absence of Kharge the decision could not be exacted. The proposal is postponed till next cabinet meeting."

According to the sources, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is not in the favour of relaxing Labour and Environment laws, as suggested by the ministries, to bring NMP into existence.

The main motive of implementing manufacturing policy is to generate 22 crore new jobs in the next 15 years. Even, industries are eagerly waiting for its approval.

Meanwhile, the DMICDC proposal is based on the investment of Rs 18,500 crore and to bring changes in the equity of the company. The exorbitant amount will be utilised to develop seven cities in Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other six states of the country.