Cabinet okays ₹10,738 crore PLI scheme for solar modules, white goods

The cupboard on Wednesday accepted 10,738 crore production-linked incentive (PLI) schemes for solar modules and white goods as a part of the general 1.97 lakh crore PLI collection below the federal government’s plan to make India a world manufacturing hub.

While 4,500 crore was allotted for manufacturing of high-efficiency solar modules, a 6,238 crore outlay was accepted for white goods — air conditioners and LED lights. The Union funds on February 1 dedicated 1.97 lakh crore below PLI schemes for 13 key sectors.

The PLI collection is an effort of the Narendra Modi authorities to synergise India’s resources to make it a world manufacturing vacation spot and an essential a part of the worldwide provide chain, commerce and business minister Piyush Goyal mentioned after the cupboard meeting.

Goyal mentioned the seven PLI schemes already accepted had obtained an encouraging response from traders. Scheme for digital elements and cellular manufacturing obtained 16 purposes and 35,000 crore was already sanctioned. Similarly, pharmaceutical (uncooked supplies) and manufacturing of medical gadgets obtained 47 and 14 purposes, respectively.

“Solar PV manufacturers will be selected through a transparent competitive bidding process. PLI will be disbursed for five years post commissioning of solar PV manufacturing plants, on sales of high efficiency solar PV modules. Manufacturers will be rewarded for higher efficiencies of solar PV modules and also for sourcing their material from the domestic market,” an official assertion mentioned.

The PLI scheme for white goods shall lengthen an incentive of 4-6% on incremental gross sales of goods manufactured in India for a interval of 5 years to corporations engaged in manufacturing of air conditioners and LED lights, a second assertion mentioned. “Selection of companies for the scheme shall be done so as to incentivise manufacturing of components or sub-assemblies which are not manufactured in India presently with sufficient capacity. Mere assembly of finished goods shall not be incentivised,” it added.

Nilaya Varma, co-founder and CEO of consulting agency Primus Partners, mentioned, “The PLI scheme is expected to be a game-changer in India’s journey towards self-reliance and other national priorities such as job creation, attracting investments and increasing exports.”

“Given the changing global dynamics, it is essential to enhance global competitiveness of the Indian manufacturing segment to gain a higher share of worldwide merchandise trade, while also reducing domestic dependence on imports.”

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