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India: PLI replaces ATUFS


India will promote the development of textile machinery through a production linked incentive (PLI) than the Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme.

The threshold for textile manufacturing units to be eligible for sops under the proposed scheme would be investment in plant and machinery of Rs1 crore to Rs50 crores for micro, small and medium enterprises and above Rs50 crores for non-MSMEs.

Incentives would be provided based on the turnover achieved after making the threshold investment in modernisation through installation of benchmarked technology.Incentives of up to 60 per cent based on the investment and turnover criteria could be provided across weaving, knitting and spinning, among other textile segments. Turnover achieved from job work in select segments would be accounted for while calculating incentives and only the products manufactured by the registered company would be eligible.

Incentives are likely for manufacturing of garments and home textiles such as blankets and bed spreads, and textile accessories like lace, button, and zippers. The Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS) was intended as a flagship incentive scheme for capital investments in textiles and garments.

ATUFS was notified in January 2016 with an outlay of Rs17,822 crores to mobilise new investments of about Rs 95,000 crores. It helped create employment for about 3.5 million till 2022. The scheme expired on March 31, 2022.


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