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Govt disburses Rs 30 crores under PLI Scheme for drones industry

This scheme has multiple features to help the industry

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has disbursed an amount of Rs 30 crores to the beneficiaries during the year 2022-23 under the PLI Scheme for Drones and Drone Components.

To promote the indigenous drone industry, the government notified the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for drones and drone components in 2021. The step was widely welcomed by academia and industry experts. This scheme has multiple features to help the industry.

The total incentive is Rs. 120 crores spread over three financial years.  It is nearly double the combined turnover of all domestic drone manufacturers in the fiscal year 2020-21.

For this scheme, the PLI rate is 20 per cent of the value addition which is one of the highest among PLI schemes.

Under this scheme, the value addition is calculated as the annual sales revenue from drones and drone components (net of GST) minus the purchase cost (net of GST) of drone and drone components. 

The PLI rate is kept constant at 20 per cent for all three years, which is an exceptional treatment for the drone industry in the country.

The Minimum value addition norm has been at 40 per cent of net sales for drones and drone components instead of 50 per cent which is another exceptional treatment for the industry. 

The eligibility norm for MSMEs and startups is at nominal levels.

The coverage of the scheme includes developers of drone-related software also.

PLI for a manufacturer is capped at 25 per cent of the total annual outlay. This allows for the widening of the number of beneficiaries.

In case a manufacturer fails to meet the threshold for the eligible value addition for a particular financial year, she will be allowed to claim the lost incentive in the subsequent year if she makes up the shortfall in the subsequent year.

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