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Vikash Sharma

The Odisha Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Odisha Electronics Policy 2021 conceptualised to promote excellence, innovation and stimulate the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry in the State.

The major factor of the policy is the fact that it aims at positioning Odisha as an attractive destination for the electronics industry. State government officials informed that an Apex Committee headed by the Chief Secretary will be formed to monitor the implementation of the policy.

The Odisha Computer Applications Centre (OCAC) on behalf of E&IT Department will be responsible for day-to-day monitoring of various activities under this policy. This scheme will remain in force until March 31,2026 or till substituted by another scheme.

“The Electronics policy aspires to promote excellence and innovation in the electronics sector and significantly augment availability of skilled manpower with a specialised focus on fostering cultural research, innovation and entrepreneurship by building an ecosystem of interlinked Academia-Industry-Professionals-Leaders,” the State Electronics & Information Technology Department said in a release.

The Odisha Electronics Policy 2021 also aims to give emphasis on MSME enterprise as the growth drivers of the economy.

Highlights:

1. Production Linked Incentive (PLI)

New investment and expansion can avail production Linked Incentive (PLI) @ 1% of annual turnover for 5 years starling from year of commencement of production, on first come first serve basis for first 10 investments.

2. Fixed Capital Investment Subsidy (FCI)

Subsidy of range from Rs.10 crores to Rs. 250 crores will be provided to ESDM Units on the basis of their fixed capital investment.

3. Power Incentives

Exemption of Electricity Duty and Electrical Inspection Fees for a period of 5 Years. The eligible ESDM Units would be provided subsidy on power bill for a period of 5 years at 30% limited to Rs. 50 Lakhs per unit.

4. Land Incentives:

100% exemption on stamp duty and 50% exemption on second transaction. Reimbursement of 100% of land conversion charges payable for converting land from agricultural use of industrial use.

5. Assistance to Women Entrepreneurs and Person with Disabilities

Additional subsidy of 10% of Investment Subsidy limited to Rs. 1 Crore will be provided to Entrepreneurs who are Women, SC/ST or persons with Disabilities. Provision of additional 25% subsidy on lease rentals up to Rs. 10 Lakhs per Annum for 5 years will be provided.

6. Incentives for Local Enterprises

The Government will provide special incentives to units that employ local youths on their roll. Local Enterprises are eligible to get set preference in public procurement as provided to the MSMEs. Start-ups as per OGFR/Finance Department's OM.

7. Green and Self-Power Generating:

25% reimbursement on cleaner/greener production measures limited to Rs. 20 lakhs per unit on the basis of certification by accredited certifying agencies.

8. Human Capital Investment Subsidy: Recruitment Assistance shall be provided at Rs. 8000 per newly recruited regular employee who are domiciles of Odisha with a maximum limit of Rs. 30 Lakhs for a period of 3 years. Additional Rs. 2000 will be provided for the employees who are Woman, SC/ST or person with disabilities.

9. Interest Subsidy: Eligible Units shall be entitled to interest subsidy for timely payment @5 % per annum on term loan availed from Public Financial Institutions/Banks for a period of 6 Years from the date of commencement of production.

10. State GST Reimbursement

Reimbursement of 100% State Component of GST(SGST) as per actual paid for a period for 5 Years from the date of state of commercial production limited to 100% of the Fixed Capital Investment will be provided .

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