The government is taking steps to produce “high value pharmaceuticals” in the country to reduce import dependency for such critical articles, said Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
Manufacturing of components of high-end medical devices in the country will be another big step in moving towards self reliance, the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers noted.
“Working on the vision of reducing import dependency through indigenous production, the government is focussing on production of high value pharmaceuticals and high-end medical devices,” he said.
Mandaviya said the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has released the first tranche of incentives under the Product Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme of pharmaceuticals amounting to Rs 166 crore to four selected applicants.
Under the Atmanirbharta initiative of the government, DoP launched the PLI scheme for pharma in 2021.
The financial outlay under this PLI scheme is Rs 15,000 crore over a period of six years.
So far, 55 applicants have been selected under the scheme, including 20 Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
The financial year of 2022-2023 being the first year of production for the PLI Scheme, DoP has earmarked Rs 690 crore as the budget outlay.
Against the expected investment of Rs 17,425 crore in the pharmaceutical sector over the scheme period, the scheme has garnered an investment of Rs 16,199 crore by these 55 applicants in the first year of implementation itself, the ministry said.
Against the expected employment of 1 lakh over six years scheme period, 23,000 people have been given employment, so far, it added.
The DoP has received an incentive claim of about Rs 544 crore from 15 applicants, it said.
Based on the evaluation, Rs 221 crore of claims of incentives from four applicants — Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Biocon, Strides Pharma Science, Premier Medical Corporation — were found to be eligible and 75 per cent of this amount (Rs 165.74 crore) have been released, it added.
Remaining incentives are under examination, the statement said.
Under the PLI scheme for bulk drugs with a financial outlay of Rs 6,940 crore, the objective is to boost domestic production of 41 select critical bulk drugs in the country.
So far, 51 projects have been selected for the 34 notified bulk drugs, it added.
Moreover, a total of 21 applicants have been selected under the PLI scheme for medical devices with a financial outlay of Rs 3,420 crore, it said.
(Edits by EP News Bureau)