- The Union Cabinet has approved Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme in 10 key sectors, inclusive of food processing industries
- he government officials mentioned that the PLI scheme across the chosen sectors will place Indian manufacturers in a competitive league, globally
THoD Newsdesk, New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, has approved Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme in 10 key sectors, inclusive of food processing industries. This PLI scheme has been chalked out in an effort to enhance India’s manufacturing abilities and exports, under the banner of Atmanirbhar Bharat programme. As per reports by the government, the approved financial outlay over a 5-year period for the Ministry of Food Processing and Industries (MOFPI) is marked at Rs.10900 crores. The authorities stated that the PLI scheme will be put in action by the concerned ministries and will be operating within the prescribed financial limits.
In a statement, the government officials mentioned that the PLI scheme across the chosen sectors will place Indian manufacturers in a competitive league, globally and attract investment in the areas of core competency and advanced technology. The scheme will also ensure efficiencies, create economies of scale along with boosting exports, which in turn would make India a prominent member of the global supply chain. It is also being said that the growth of the processed food industry leads to better prices for farmers and brings down high levels of wastage. Particular product lines which have high growth potential and capabilities to generate medium to large-scale employment opportunities have been recognized for providing back up via the PLI scheme.
The commodities which have been identified, include ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook (rte/ rtc) items, marine products, fruits and vegetables, honey, desi ghee, mozzarella cheese, organic eggs and poultry meat.
The MD Suman Food Consultants and former president AIFPA, Sagar Kurade, stated that the PLI scheme looks at production linked output emerging from the process and technology-related components of a food processing plant. He added, “Considering the geo-political realities and a post-pandemic world which needs to economically recover, a production linked scheme as Introduced by GOI for the Food Processing Industry is a welcome move. This will encourage both International as well as Domestic Food Industry to grow within India and further support the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
The President of Society of Bakers, DV Malhan, says that the government’s intention appears to give a boost to the industrial growth amid slowdown due to pandemic and PLI move is a welcome step.