Cabinet announces budgetary outlay of ₹6,238 crore for LED lights, air conditioners

In order to take ‘AtmanirbharBharat’ to another step, the union cabinet spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now finally approved the much-awaited Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for white goods such as LED lights and air conditioners with a budgetary announcement of ₹6,238 crore.

The prime objective of the PLI scheme is to make manufacturing in India globally competitive by removing sectoral disabilities, creating economies of scale, and ensuring efficiencies. It is designed to create a complete component ecosystem in India and make India an integral part of the global supply chains. The scheme is expected to attract global investments, generate large-scale employment opportunities and enhance exports substantially.

The PLI Scheme for white goods shall extend an incentive of 4 percent to 6 percent on incremental sales of goods manufactured in India for a period of five years to companies engaged in manufacturing air conditioners and LED lights. Different segments have been earmarked for different types of components separately to specifically target global investments into desired areas.

 

Selection of companies for the scheme shall be done so as to incentivize manufacturing of components or sub-assemblies, which are not manufactured in India presently with sufficient capacity. Mere assembly of finished goods shall not be incentivized.

Companies meeting the pre-qualification criteria for different target segments will be eligible to participate in the scheme. Incentives shall be open to companies making brown field or green field investments. Thresholds of cumulative incremental investment and incremental sales of manufactured goods over the base year would have to be met for claiming incentives.

An entity availing benefits under any other PLI scheme of Indian government will not be eligible under this scheme for the same products but the entity may take benefits under other applicable schemes of the government of India or schemes of state governments. The scheme will be implemented as a pan India scheme and is not specific to any location, area or segment of population. A number of global and domestic companies, including a number of MSMEs are likely to benefit from the scheme.

The scheme is expected to be instrumental in achieving growth rates that are much higher than existing ones for AC and LED industries, develop complete component eco-systems in India and create global champions manufacturing in India. They will have to meet the compulsory BIS and BEE Quality standards for sales into the domestic market and applicable standards for global markets. It will also lead to investments in innovation and research and development and upgradation of technology.

It is estimated that over the period of five years, the PLI scheme will lead to an incremental investment of ₹7,920 crore, incremental production worth ₹1,68,000 crore, exports worth ₹64,400 crore, earn direct and indirect revenues of ₹49,300 crore and create additional four lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities.

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