As a result, instead of 2023-24, as suggested in the scheme guideline released in October, the scheme’s incentives would be released in 2024-25.

The deadline for applying for the Rs 6,322-crore production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for specialty steel has been extended by one month, to May 30. According to sources, the deadline has been extended due to a number of changes to the system, including the addition of sub-categories and small players. A meeting between the steel ministry and the Cabinet Secretary has already taken place to confirm the scheme’s changes.

Coated or plated steel products, high strength or wear-resistant steel, specialty rails, alloy steel items, and electrical steel are among the five broad product groupings and 25 product subcategories covered by the program.

The deadline for applications has already been extended once. Applicants were given a window to apply for the plan from December 29 to March 29, but it was extended by nearly a month to April 30. The extension was given to allow the sector to make some desired changes to the plan.

Meanwhile, in December, the administration postponed the scheme’s implementation for a year. The five-year plan will begin in 2023-24, rather than 2022-23, as originally planned. As a result, instead of 2023-24, as suggested in the scheme guideline released in October, the scheme’s incentives would be released in 2024-25. The cabinet approved the PLI initiative for specialty steel in July 2021.

Because the scheme is a fund-limited scheme, the incentive payable cannot exceed the budgeted allotment. Furthermore, the annual incentive would be restricted at ‘200 crore per qualified organization across all product categories, including group enterprises and joint ventures.

Specialty steel is a value-added variation of steel that is changed into high-value-added steel through coating, plating, heat treatment, and other procedures for use in a variety of important fields such as military, space, power, and automobiles, among others. India relies on imports worth roughly Rs 30,000 crore to meet domestic demand.

The purpose of the PLI plan is to encourage domestic production of specialty steel grades and to aid the Indian steel sector in technological maturation and value chain advancement.

“By the end of 2026-27, specialty steel production is expected to reach 42 million tonnes.” This will result in the domestic production and consumption of around Rs 2.5 trillion in specialty steel, which would otherwise be imported. According to the government, specialty steel exports will climb to roughly 5.5 million tonnes from the current 1.7 million tonnes, producing Rs 30,000 crore in forex.

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