What is the news?
The Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) has been continuously working towards making the auto sector in India ‘Atma Nirbhar’ by increasing ’Make in India’ efforts of the Government and to position India as an alternative manufacturing hub for automobiles and its components.
What are the key initiatives taken by the Ministry of Heavy Industries during the year?
Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II (FAME India II) Scheme
The Scheme was launched in 2015.
The second phase of the scheme was launched in 2019 with the aim to incentivize demand for Electric Vehicles (EVs) by providing upfront subsidies and creating EV charging infrastructure.
Under the scheme, demand incentive for Electric 2 Wheelers has been increased from Rs 10,000/KWh to Rs 15,000/KWh with maximum cap increased from 20% to 40% of the cost of vehicles.
Moreover, for Electric Buses, 9 cities with over 4 million population (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat and Pune) will be targeted.
National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC)
Productive Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for Automobile and Auto Components
SAMARTH Udyog Bharat 4.0: It was launched by the Ministry of Heavy Industries to facilitate and create an eco system for propagation of Industry 4.0 set of technologies in every Indian manufacturing by 2025, be it MNC, large, medium or small scale Indian company.
Capital Goods scheme: It was rolled out by the Department of Heavy Industries in 2014. Phase I of the scheme fostered partnerships between Academia and Industry for engendering technology development with Government support.
Six Web-Based Technology Innovation Platforms
Scheme for Enhancement of Competitiveness in Capital Goods Sector
Source: This post is based on the article ‘Year-End- Review of Ministry of Heavy Industries – 2021’ published in PIB on 23rd Dec 2021.