Central Govt Sets up a 25 Member Development Council for Cement Industry


New Delhi: The union government has set up a 25-member development council for cement industry. It is headed by Dalmia Bharat Group CMD Puneet Dalmia. Its members include Shree Cement Ltd MD HM Bangur, The India Cements Ltd Executive President Rakesh Singh; Birla Corporation Limited CEO Pracheta Majumdar; J.K. Cement Ltd Deputy Managing Director Madhavkrishna Singhania, and JSW Cement Ltd CEO Nilesh Narwekar. and UltraTech Cement MD K C Jhanwar, amongst others. The new council will suggest ways to eliminate waste, ensure maximum output, improve quality, reduce costs and promote standardization of products across the industry.

According to an official order, other functions of the council shall include recommending measures for securing the full utilization of installed capacity and for improving the overall working efficiency in the industry, particularly of the older, less efficient units. The council shall also promote training of persons associated with the industry; and promote and undertake scientific and industrial research.

Development Council for Cement Industry

The Development Council would also work for standardization of accounting and costing methods and practices followed in the industry. It would devise, design and promote the adoption of measures for increasing the productivity of the workforce and it will suggest and measures for workplace safety, to secure safer and better working conditions.

The council's functions also include promoting or undertaking inquiry pertaining to materials and equipment and also methods of production, management and labour utilization.  The council will also strive for the discovery and development of new materials, equipment and methods.

According to the order of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, the central government established a Development Council for Cement Industry (DCCI) and appointed members to the council for a two-year term. It read 'The central government hereby establishes a Development Council for Cement Industry (DCCI) and appoints the persons...to be the members of the said council, for a period of two years....'

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