Indian pharma sector will struggle without govt support: IDMA

China and Brazil are also eyeing a share of the almost $30-$40 billion drugs that become off-patented in the next 3-4 years worldwide. Indian Drug Manufacturers' Association secretary general Daara Patel has sought government support to help the Indian pharma sector take on the competition

Hyderabad: Indian companies would struggle to grab opportunities that would arise when almost $30-$40 billion drugs become off-patented in the next 3-4 years worldwide without adequate support from the Centre, reports PTI quoting the Indian Drug Manufacturers' Association (IDMA).

IDMA secretary general Daara Patel said the industry may face fierce competition from China and Brazil as both nations are gearing up for a pie.

"Competition is very high and countries like Brazil and China in the fray. It's going to be an uphill task for us. But if we have proper infrastructure in place, work in unison and get proper support from the government I don't think we will lag behind," Mr Patel told reporters here.

Despite the fact that Chinese API (active pharma ingredient or bulk drugs) material is not as good as Indian APIs, other nations are tempted to buy them due to the price advantage.

"The government should support the industry in terms of providing better facilities for R&D. They must support the API industry, which is not happening. Today we are facing heat from China despite the fact that Chinese material is not as good as Indian ones in APIs," he explained.

IDMA submitted a paper to the Union government in which the pharma body requested that land should be provided to them at a cheaper price like China does, while interest rates and transaction cost should also be brought down.

The association also urged support from the government in setting up effluent treatment plants.

To a query on foreign direct investments (FDI), Mr Patel said 100% FDI in the sector should be allowed, but with riders.

"If we want funds, if we want to be seen in the global arena as fair competitors, if we do not want to be bothered by the WTO rules we should allow FDIs. But certain checks and balances have to be in place," he said.


Realty is the latest pick of a group-buying website. Will it work?

SnapGhar, a newly-launched group buying website, claims that it will provide a collective-buying platform for the real estate industry

The Indian realty sector is in a dismal condition. Prices of property, on one side, are skyrocketing, while there are simply no buyers for ready-possession flats. However, this phenomenon hasn't stopped websites dedicated to this sector from mushrooming. The latest ones to join the bandwagon are the group-buying websites.

One such website is, which call itself "a collective buying platform for the real estate industry" and provides discounts for buying new properties in bulk. It says that, "Group buying tends to motivate real estate developers to offer discounts in view of the bulk business secured. SnapGhar is a win-win proposition because while home seekers (can) buy at lower prices, developers are able to sell bulk inventory at one go!"

Currently on its website, it has posted various deals of different residential apartments belonging to a cross-section of developers including Lodha Group, RNA Corp, Sai Developers, etc. These properties are from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Karjat and Jaipur. SnapGhar also allows posting of new deals on the site.

Interestingly, it does not charge any membership or brokerage fees, and it also guarantees assured gifts—ranging from a sandwich toaster to an iPad-on each home purchase. If this was not enough, the website also shells out a part of the profit if a person introduced by you purchases the property.

Experts have been critical about such group-buying websites, stating that they have an unsustainable business model. Considering the nature of the Indian realty sector, which had tainted its image in numerous corruption scandals—and the rising interest rate regime, which has kept consumers away from buying such properties, such sites are expected to generate very little offtake from a consumer. Again, a prospective costumer may get some deals and discounts through one-on-one direct physical negotiations as well.

Ganesh Vasudevan, vice president and business head of, when asked about the viability of real estate group-buying websites, told Moneylife, "Such websites might look attractive but they are not of significant advantage to the customers, as they (consumers) can also get some deals via direct negotiations. First, it takes time to build a group; it may be possible in some projects. But the scalability and sustainability remain areas of concern for such sites."

The trend of group buying is catching on in India with enormous funding from private equity (PE) players and venture capitalists. At the same time, various consumer complaints have cropped up alleging that similar sites offering discounts on products, restaurants, spas, etc., fail to deliver on the claims they make. Moneylife had recently reported on this issue. (See: Are online group-buying sites going the way of the dotcom bubble?).

It remains to be seen if SnapGhar can provide a good realty bargain to buyers.




5 years ago

Many such sites are available as on date, but many members are agents not real buyers / seller.........


5 years ago

I have been following a lot of deals listed on a similar site. The rates listed on the website give the white component of the deal only, which can vary between 70- 90% of the total deal value. The remaining amount is expected to be paid in cash. So eventually the amount you pay is equivalent to the market rates only with a very marginal difference. Eventually have realised that it is almost the same product that is being doled out in a different guise.

Cabinet approves new Mines Bill

As per the provisions of the Bill, coal mining companies will have to share 26% of the profits from their mines with people impacted by projects. In the case of non-coal miners, the new law will provide for payment of an amount equivalent to royalty paid to the state government to project-affected persons

New Delhi: A new Mines Bill that provides for sharing of profits and royalty with project-affected people has been cleared by the Cabinet, mines minister Dinsha Patel said Friday. The Bill is likely to be tabled in the Parliament in the Winter session, reports PTI.

"The Union Cabinet today approved the Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation (MMDR) Bill, 2011, which has provisions for 26% profit-sharing by coal miners and an amount equivalent to royalty by others with project- affected people," Mr Patel said.

The Bill was earlier supposed to be tabled during the Monsoon session, as a ministerial panel headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had approved it in July.

As per the provisions of the Bill, coal mining companies will have to share 26% of the profits from their mines with people impacted by projects.

In the case of non-coal miners, the new law will provide for payment of an amount equivalent to royalty paid to the state government to project-affected persons.

The new MMDR Bill, 2011 seeks to replace a more than half-a-century-old law under the same name.

As per the Bill, a Mineral Development Fund will be created in every district, in which profit and royalty shared by miners will be deposited and spent on the local population and area development, mines secretary S Vijay Kumar said.

Apart from compensating project-affected people through profit-sharing and royalty, the new Bill also obligates mining firms to pay a 10% cess to state governments and 2.5% to the Centre on the total royalty paid.

The mines secretary added that the Bill also has punitive provisions to prevent illegal mining.


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