Cluster Development Programme launched for Pharma Sector
Cluster Development Programme for Pharma Sector (CDS-PS) is launched by Government to provide support to the Pharmaceutical industry in becoming more capable, productive and competitive. End of this financial year, 06 Pharma Clusters are likely to come up of which 03 will be greenfields.
The CDS-PS would be implemented on a Public Private Partnership format through one time grant-in-aid to be released for creation of identified infrastructure and common facilities. The scheme is for setting up of new Clusters as well as up-gradation of existing Clusters. Rs.125 Crores have been earmarked for the Central Sector Scheme for the 12th Five Year Plan.
Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, said that for the common man, availability, quality and affordability of drugs and medicines is of utmost importance and the Cluster Development Programme will be the key step in ensuring health security of the country. Shri Ananth Kumar said that these Clusters will ensure adequate testing, training and affluent treatment facilities for pharmaceuticals industry.
The main benefits of CDS-PS is to increase the competitiveness, easy access to standard testing facilities and value addition in the domestic pharma industry especially to SMEs through creation of common world class facilities. It will also help in strengthening the existing infrastructure facilities in order to make Indian Pharma industry a global leader in pharma exports.
This program will be benefited in reducing the cost of production by up to 20% in the clusters leading to better availability and affordability medicines in domestic market. Also help the industry to meet the requirements of standards environment at a reduced cost through innovative methods of common waste management and exploit the benefits arising due to optimization of resources and economies of scale.
The Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that the Cluster Development Programme is in the interest of the nation as well as of the society. He said that the private sector is playing a lead role in the production of generic medicines and this programme will help in its holistic expansion.
The Secretary in the Department of Pharmaceuticals Dr. V.K. Subburaj said that the Pharmaceutical industry is growing @ 14 to 15% per annum and is likely to touch the figure of 4 Lakh Crore by 2020. The sector needs due attention so that the quality can be improved and cost brought down. Dr. Subburaj said that some Clusters do exist already but not on scientific basis and this programme is meant to develop Clusters in a scientific manner.