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New Delhi : In pursuance of the Prime Minister’s clarion call for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ to bring manufacturing at the center stage and emphasise its significance in driving India’s growth and creating jobs, the Government of India has given approval to introduce the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for 13 key sectors with a total outlay of Rs 1,97,291 crore. Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) is coordinating the implementation of all PLI Schemes. It is also the nodal department for the PLI Scheme for White Goods – Air Conditioners and LED lights sector – with an outlay of Rs 6,238 crore.

The proposal of DPIIT for the PLI Scheme for White Goods for manufacture of components and sub-assemblies of ACs and LED Lights was approved by the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi on April 7, 2021. The scheme is to be implemented over a seven year period, from FY 2021-22 to FY 2028-29 and has an outlay of Rs 6,238 crore. The scheme was notified by DPIIT on April 16, 2021.The Scheme Guidelines were published on June 4, 2021. Some modifications to the Scheme Guidelines were issued on August 16, 2021. Applicants were given flexibility to choose the gestation period either up to March 2022 or up to March 2023.

Applications for the scheme were invited from June 15, 2021 to September 15, 2021. Total 52 companies filed their application with committed investment of Rs 5,858 crore under the PLI scheme.

After evaluation of all the applications, 42 applicants with committed investment of Rs 4,614 crore have been provisionally selected as beneficiaries under the PLI scheme. The selected applicants include 26 for Air Conditioner manufacturing with committed investments of Rs 3,898 crore and 16 for LED Lights manufacturing with committed investments of Rs 716 crore, according to a PIB release.

Six applicants proposing FDI from countries sharing land border with India have been advised to submit approval for FDI in terms of Press Note 3 (2020) dated April 17, 2020, for consideration of approval under the PLI Scheme. Four applicants are being referred to the Committee of Experts (CoE) for examination and its recommendations.

The approved investments of Rs 4,614 crore are likely to generate net incremental production of around Rs 81,254 crore and direct employment of about 44 thousand people.

The investments in Air Conditioners will lead to manufacturing components across the complete value chain including components which are not manufactured in India with sufficient quantity. At present, there is insignificant manufacturing of certain high value components of ACs like Compressors, copper tubing, and aluminium stock for foils. Many other components like control assemblies for indoor units (IDU) or outdoor units (ODU), display units, brushless direct current motors, valves etc. are not manufactured in enough quantity. All these components will now be manufactured in India in significant quantities.

Similarly, LED Chip packaging, LED Drivers, LED Engines, LED Light Management Systems, PCBs including metal clad PCBs and Wire wound inductors etc. will be manufactured in India in high quantities.