In an interview to the Press Trust of India, the minister was quoted as saying, "What is being proposed is... from the perspective of investing in green technologies. We are very clear that the Schedule A industries will be kept out of the proposed industrial towns. We don't want polluting industries... Rest is for the states to do."
The minister said that the new manufacturing policy will be transformative for the country, India.
There was however some delay in the proposed policy as there was difference between the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under Sharma's charge and the ministries of environment and labor.
The policy is under discussion at the group of ministers (GoM) level, the GoM that is headed by Sharad Pawar. The discussion paper floated by the DIPP has suggested to ease some of the environment and labour laws, the concerned ministers were not in favor of such a view.
Sharma stated that the differences are not fundamental but minor issues. He also said that the GoM is using the word 'greenfield integrated town' for the township envisioned under the policy.