Cabinet approves programme for semiconductor manufacturing

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : The Central government on Wednesday approved a comprehensive programme for the development of sustainable semiconductor and display ecosystem in the country.

Accordingly, the Union Cabinet took the decision to launch the programme that is expected to usher in a new era of electronics manufacturing by providing a globally competitive incentive package to companies in semiconductors and display manufacturing as well as design.

This shall pave the way for India’s technological leadership in these areas of strategic importance and economic self-reliance.

Semiconductors and displays are the foundation of modern electronics driving the next phase of digital transformation under Industry 4.0.

Semiconductors and display manufacturing is very complex and technology-intensive sector involving huge capital investments, high risk, long gestation and payback periods, and rapid changes in technology, which require significant and sustained investments.

The programme will give an impetus to semiconductor and display manufacturing by facilitating capital support and technological collaborations.

The programme aims to provide attractive incentive support to companies, consortia that are engaged in Silicon Semiconductor Fabs, Display Fabs, Compound Semiconductors , Silicon Photonics, Sensors (including MEMS) Fabs, Semiconductor Packaging (ATMP / OSAT) and Semiconductor Design.

The Central government has approved the Scheme for setting up of semiconductor fabs and display fabs in India shall extend fiscal support of up to 50 per cent of project cost on ‘pari-passu’ basis to applicants who are found eligible and have the technology as well as capacity to execute such highly capital intensive and resource incentive projects.

The government will work closely with the state governments to establish high-tech clusters with requisite infrastructure in terms of land, semiconductor grade water, high quality power, logistics and research ecosystem to approve applications for setting up at least two greenfield semiconductor fabs and two display fabs in the country.

The Union Cabinet has also approved that Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will take requisite steps for modernization and commercialization of Semi-conductor Laboratory (SCL).

MeitY will explore the possibility for the Joint Venture of SCL with a commercial fab partner to modernize the brownfield fab facility.

The Centre has also approved the scheme for setting up of compound semiconductors, silicon photonics, sensors, including MEMS, Fabs and semiconductor ATMP and OSAT facilities in India shall extend fiscal support of 30 per cent of capital expenditure to approved units.

At least 15 such units of compound semiconductors and semiconductor packaging are expected to be established with government support under this scheme.

Support will be provided to 100 domestic companies of semiconductor design for Integrated Circuits (ICs), Chipsets, System on Chips (SoCs), Systems and IP Cores and semiconductor linked design and facilitating the growth of not less than 20 such companies which can achieve turnover of more than Rs 1,500 crore in the coming five years.

In order to drive the long-term strategies for developing a sustainable semiconductors and display ecosystem, a specialised and independent “India Semiconductor Mission (ISM)” will be set up.

The ISM will be led by global experts in semiconductor and display industry. It will act as the nodal agency for efficient and smooth implementation of the schemes on Semiconductors and Display ecosystem.

With the approval of the programme for development of semiconductors and display manufacturing ecosystem in India with an outlay of Rs 76,000 crore, the government has announced incentives for every part of supply chain including electronic components, sub-assemblies, and finished goods.

“Incentive support to the tune of Rs 55,392 crore ($7.5 billion) have been approved under PLI for Larges Scale Electronics Manufacturing, PLI for IT Hardware, SPECS Scheme and Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme,” the cabinet statement said.

In addition, PLI incentives to the quantum of Rs 98,000 crore ($13 billion) are approved for allied sectors comprising of ACC battery, auto components, telecom & networking products, solar PV modules and white goods.

In total, the government has committed support of Rs 2,30,000 crore ($30 billion) to position India as global hub for electronics manufacturing with semiconductors as the foundational building block.

In the current geopolitical scenario, trusted sources of semiconductors and displays hold strategic importance and are key to the security of critical information infrastructure.

The approved programme will propel innovation and build domestic capacities to ensure the digital sovereignty of India. It will also create highly skilled employment opportunities to harness the demographic dividend of the country.

Development of semiconductor and display ecosystem will have a multiplier effect across different sectors of the economy with deeper integration to the global value chain. The program will promote higher domestic value addition in electronics manufacturing and will contribute significantly to achieving a $1 trillion digital economy and a $5 trillion GDP by 2025.

IANS / AGENCY

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