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PLI scheme signals ‘dramatic shift’ in attitude towards industry: Anand Mahindra

PTI Mumbai | Updated on November 17, 2020 Published on November 17, 2020

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra

SIAM expects the scheme to increase competitiveness and take the growth of the sector to the next level; ACMA feels it will encourage the industry to become net exporter and reduce its dependence on imports

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra has said that the government’s announcement of a production-linked incentive scheme for 10 more sectors, including auto, signals a “dramatic shift” in the attitude towards industry.

On November 11, the Cabinet approved production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for 10 more sectors, including automobiles and auto parts, pharmaceuticals, textiles and food products, with an outlay of about ₹1,45,980 crore over a period of five years.

Under another PLI scheme, an outlay of ₹51,311 crore has already been approved.

Also read: Qualifying criteria crucial for the ten new sectors under the PLI scheme to succeed

“I took some time to explore the contours of this initiative. I don’t use the term ‘game-changer’ too often but it’s apt in this case. For me, what’s much more important than the mechanics of the scheme is the dramatic shift it signals in the attitude towards industry,” Mahindra said in a tweet.

In another tweet, he said, he started his career during the “License Raj” where scale and growth were “frowned upon”.

“Finally, this policy signals recognition that a) scale is imperative in order to nurture globally competitive businesses, b) large enterprises foster a large ecosystem of small/micro enterprises,” Mahindra said in the tweet.

In another tweet, he said, “It makes eminent sense to initially catalyse the growth of selected sectors with world-beating potential. I believe the chosen industries will rise to the challenge if the policy is applied consistently & transparently.”

Also read: India Inc gives thumbs up to PLI scheme’s manufacturing push

The auto and auto component industry bodies Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) have already said that the initiative will help the industry not only become globally competitive but also self-reliant.

SIAM expects the scheme to increase competitiveness and take the growth of the sector to the next level, while ACMA said that the PLI scheme will also encourage the industry to become a net exporter and reduce its dependence on imports.

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Published on November 17, 2020
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