Telecom and Postal Sector – Spectrum Allocation, Call Drops, Predatory Pricing, etc

Cabinet approves PLI Scheme for telecom


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: PLI scheme and various sectors

Mains level: Make in India promotions

The Union Cabinet has approved the production-linked incentive scheme for the telecom sector with an outlay of ₹12,195 crores over five years.

Why such a scheme?

  • The scheme aims to make India a global hub for manufacturing telecom equipment.
  • The sector is expected to lead to an incremental production of about ₹2.4 lakh crore, with exports of about ₹2 lakh crore over five years and bring in investments of more than ₹3,000 crores.

PLI Scheme

  • The PLI scheme aims to boost domestic manufacturing and cut down on imports by providing cash incentives on incremental sales from products manufactured in the country.
  • Besides inviting foreign companies to set shop in India, the scheme aims to encourage local companies to set up or expand, existing manufacturing units.

UPSC can directly as the sectors included in the PLI scheme. Earlier it was only meant for Electronics manufacturing (particularly mobile phones).

Benefits for MSMEs

  • For inclusion of MSMEs in the scheme, the minimum investment threshold has been kept at ₹10 crores, while for others it is ₹100 crore.
  • For MSMEs, a 1% higher incentive is also proposed in the first three years.

Employment generation

  • The scheme was also likely to generate 40,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities and generate tax revenue of ₹17,000 crores from telecom equipment manufacturing.

Which equipments?

  • The telecom manufacturing would include core transmission equipment, 4G/5G Radio Access Network and wireless equipment, access and Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), IoT access devices, other wireless equipment.

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