New Delhi: The department of heavy industries (DHI) sets up a high profile council and a board, comprising people like Anand Mahindra and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, for its ambitious National Mission for Electric Mobility, which was passed during the budget earlier this year.
Under the Plan, the government will set up a minister-level, National council for electric vehicles headed by heavy industries minister Praful Patel. “There are a total of 18 members. Out of which, 12 are nominated by the minister of heavy industries,” a top DHI official said on condition of anonymity. “The idea is to have a mix of people from industry, academia and other bodies. People like Anand Mahindra (vice-chairman and managing director), Surinder Kapoor (chairman of Sono Koyo), V.K. Saraswat (director general, DRDO), Montek Singh Ahluwalia, V.S. Ramamurthy (director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore) and R. Chidambaram (principal scientific advisor to the prime minister) are some of the prominent members in the council.”
Among others, the prominent names are Namo Narayan Meena, minister of state, ministry of finance and V. Krishnamurthy, chairman, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council.
The secretary-level board, which will have 25 members, will be headed by Ambuj Sharma, joint secretary, department of heavy industries. This will have members such as Chetan Maini, former deputy chairman of Reva Electric Car Co., Vikram Kirloskar, vice-chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd and H.P. Khincha, a Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The board will also have representation from various nodal ministries.