Tie-up of equipment makers & small firms a must for EV push in Haryana: Govt official – ET Auto

From capital subsidy to net GST subsidy and subsidy on charging infrastructure to reskilling and research and development facilitation.

To leverage Haryana’s policy support in electric mobility, a top state government official on Thursday called for the convergence of all stakeholders such as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) dealing in auto components and battery design and technologies.

“Haryana has been the leading state in automobile manufacturing and innovation. And MSMEs have been at the core of the robust automobile industry,” said additional chief secretary (industries and commerce) Anand Mohan Sharan. “At a time when the country is moving towards a dynamic shift in mobility and inching towards fast and steady adoption of EVs, the government is creating a conducive environment to institutionalise manufacturing of EVs and its components such as auto parts and batteries.”

Sharan was speaking at a two-day exhibition and convergence programme in Gurgaon on Thursday.

The programme was rolled out by the Haryana government and the Union ministry of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) to generate clarity on the recently notified 12 schemes under the Haryana State Electric Vehicle Policy.

“In this direction, we first introduced an umbrella policy and thereafter went sector and area specific. From capital subsidy to net GST subsidy and subsidy on charging infrastructure to reskilling and research and development facilitation, we have one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive policies. For these policies to translate into real-time impact on the ground, ultra-mega manufacturers, MSMEs, financial institutions and startups need to come forward to collaborate and coordinate,” he said.

Talking about the national commitment to move towards carbon neutrality and the ‘hand-holding schemes’ provided by the Centre that can be leveraged by the MSMEs in Haryana, Hanif Qureshi, joint secretary of the Union heavy industries ministry called for the localisation of technology and manufacturing of auto components.

“From production-linked incentive (PLI) to faster adoption and manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles in India (FAME) schemes, there is an array of initiatives undertaken by the Union government to promote MSMEs endeavouring to drive the EV push in the country. Technologies such as batteries are an area where we need to work on alternatives and reduce dependency on lithium-ion batteries that are largely imported from countries like China,” he said.

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