New Delhi: Guidelines for an effective operation and smooth implementation of Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Specialty Steel have been notified on October 20, 2021 on the website of Ministry of Steel, the Ministry stated here today. It said the guidelines offer clarity on operational aspects of the Scheme such as the application, eligibility, disbursement of incentive among other things.
It is expected that the speciality steel production will become 42 million tonnes by the end of 2026-27. This will ensure that approximately 2.5 lakh crores worth of speciality steel will be produced and consumed in the country which would otherwise have been imported. Similarly, the export of specialty steel will become around 5.5 million tonnes as against the current 1.7 million tonnes of specialty steel getting FOREX of Rs 33,000 crore.
Specialty steel is value added steel wherein normal finished steel is worked upon by way of coating, plating, heat treatment, etc to convert it into high value added steel which can be used in various strategic applications like Defence, Space, Power, apart from automobile sector, specialized capital goods etc.
The five categories of specialty steel which have been chosen in the PLI Scheme are:
- Coated/Plated Steel Products
- High Strength/Wear resistant Steel
- Specialty Rails
- Alloy Steel Products and Steel wires
- Electrical Steel
The Ministry said the benefit of the PLI scheme will accrue to both big players that is integrated steel plants and to the smaller players which are secondary steel players.
It may be recalled that the Union Cabinet had approved Production-Linked Incentive Scheme for Specialty Steel which was notified on July 29, 2021. Subsequent to the notification, Steel Ministry held consultation with the industry. Based on feedback received, and on the basis of the scheme notified earlier, rules to implement the scheme were prepared in the form of guidelines.
A day-long engagement with the industry led by the Union Minister of Steel, Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, has been scheduled on October 25, 2021 at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi, with the objective of having threadbare discussions on the Scheme. Captains of the industry and industry bodies are participating in the event.
– global bihari bureau