Following the recent election of India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, the country’s burgeoning industry is making the adoption and implementation of the National Chemicals Policy (NCP) a top priority. According to Chemical Watch, analysts and industry members are supportive of Modi and hopeful that the NCP will be adopted by the end of the year. The Indian Chemical Council (ICC) has reportedly already engaged with the new coalition government and plans to continue urging that the NCP and the roadmap to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) be pursued “on a high priority basis.”
Modi has appointed Ananth Kumar at the head of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, which he has vowed to make an engine of growth.
The NCP was to have been approved by the last coalition government in April or May, but was not addressed in the buildup to the general election.