Cabinet approves PLI scheme worth about Rs 2 lakh crore: FM

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The government on Wednesday approved a Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for ten key sectors, including telecom, automobiles and pharmaceuticals, taking the total outlay for such incentives to nearly Rs 2 lakh crore over a five-year period.

The scheme will help encourage domestic manufacturing, reduce imports and generate employment as the government works to bolster economic growth. The financial outlay for the new scheme will be Rs 1,45,980 crore. The five-year PLI scheme, which aims at making Indian manufacturers’ competitive globally, was approved by the Union Cabinet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.

Elaborating on the decision, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the PLI scheme will provide great incentives for manufacturers and help the country move towards the objective of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ (Self-Reliant India). The Cabinet also decided to extend the viability gap funding scheme to social infrastructure sectors. The scheme is currently available only for projects concerning economic infrastructure.

“The Cabinet has taken two very important decisions… Both of which, if you ask me at a time like this, are going to give a right impetus to the economy, because we are looking at Aatmanirbharta,” Sitharaman said, adding that they will help in making India part of the global value chain.

The PLI scheme, she said, will also provide encouragement to the critical sunrise sectors by ensuring necessary support from the government in addition to creating jobs and linking India to global value chain.

The 10 sectors that will be entitled to get the incentives include Advance Chemistry Cell (ACC) battery. It is entitled to get Rs 18,100 crore. Other sectors are electronics and technology products (Rs 5,000 crore);  automobiles and auto components (Rs 57,042 crore);  pharmaceuticals and drugs (Rs 15,000 crore);  telecom and networking products (Rs 12,195 crore);  textiles products (Rs 10,683 crore);  food products (Rs 10,900 crore);  high efficiency solar PV modules (Rs 4,500 crore);  white goods (Rs 6,238 crore) and speciality steel (Rs 6,322 crore). “Over the next five years, this is today estimated, that the new PLIs that we are bringining in for these 10 identified sectors will involve an expendiutre of about Rs 2 lakh crore. So this is something which we are very happy to announce that the Cabinet has given clearance for this…,” Sitharaman said.