From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme
Mains level : Not Much
- The Union Cabinet has approved an updated version of the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for IT hardware manufacturing.
PLI Scheme for IT Hardware
- The PLI scheme for IT hardware was initially introduced in March 2021.
- It provides incentives of over 4% for incremental investment in domestic manufacturing for eligible companies, such as Dell and Flextronics.
- The scheme aims to boost domestic manufacturing, increase exports, and make India a prominent player in the IT hardware sector.
- The scheme will have a tenure of six years, providing a long-term incentive for eligible companies to invest in domestic IT hardware manufacturing.
Growth in indigenous IT hardware
- The government highlighted the growth of electronics manufacturing in India.
- There is a 17% compound annual growth rate over the past 8 years and a production benchmark of $105 billion, including $11 billion in mobile phone exports.
New changes introduced
- The budgetary outlay for the PLI scheme for IT hardware manufacturing has been set at ₹17,000 crore.
- The incentive rate has been increased to 5%, offering a higher benefit to companies investing in domestic manufacturing.
- An additional optional incentive has been introduced for using domestically produced components, although the specific rates of these incentives are not specified.
- If the optional incentives are utilized as intended, the total incentive under the scheme could amount to 8-9%.
Achievements in Telecom hardware manufacturing
- Telecom hardware manufacturing has surpassed the projected ₹900 crore and reached ₹1,600 crore.
- Some Indian companies have become significant exporters of complex radio equipment worldwide.
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