The government wants to implement the National Electric Vehicle Policy (NEVP) by next month despite the reservations of the auto industry. Today, the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) has called for an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss the policy, which had been approved by the federal cabinet in November.
The MoCC has told the relevant departments and ministries that the “NEVP needs to be operational by January 2020 by validation of incentive packages through the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC).”
The early implementation of NEVP had been announced by PM Imran Khan in a bid to reduce the menace of smog. The ministry added that the policy includes the formation of an inter-ministerial committee that will have members from federal line ministries, provinces, private sector, and academia.
They will oversee the complete EV value chain to ensure a smooth introduction and coordination towards manufacturing electric vehicles. They will also monitor the standardization, regulation, and compliance of infrastructure.
On the other hand, Abdul Waheed Khan, Director General, Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA) has told the media that, “We have not been invited in the inter-ministerial meeting on Thursday.”
He added that on 4th Nov, reports abounded that the NEVP will be discussed during the federal cabinet meeting that was to take place the next day. Interestingly, the MoCC had drafted the NEVP before taking into account all stakeholders’ opinions.