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Strengthening Pharmaceuticals Industry

Strengthening Pharmaceuticals Industry:

The Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers has launched Schemes for ‘Strengthening Pharmaceuticals Industry’ (SPI) keeping in view the strategic role of MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises).

  • The Scheme provides for credit linked capital and interest subsidy for Technology Upgradation of MSME units in pharmaceutical sector, as well as support of up to Rs 20 crore each for common facilities including Research centre, testing labs and ETPs (Effluent Treatment Plant) in Pharma Clusters.
  • The MSME unit will have the option to choose from either Capital subsidy or Interest subvention.
  • SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) is the Project management Consultant for implementing the scheme.
  • Components:
    • Pharmaceutical Technology Upgradation Assistance Scheme (PTUAS):
      • It will facilitate pharmaceutical MSMEs with proven track records to upgrade their technology.
      • It has provisions for a capital subsidy of 10 % on loans up to a maximum limit of Rs 10 crore with a minimum repayment period of three years or interest subvention of up to 5 % (6 % in case of units owned by SC/ST) on reducing balance basis.
    • Assistance to Pharma Industries for Common Facilities Scheme (API-CF):
      • It will strengthen the existing pharmaceutical clusters’ capacity for sustained growth.
      • It provides for an assistance of up to 70 % of the approved project cost or Rs 20 crore, whichever is less.
      • In case of Himalayan and north-east region, the grant-in-aid would be Rs 20 crore per cluster or 90 % of the project cost, whichever is less.
    • Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Promotion and Development Scheme (PMPDS):
      • It will involve preparation of study reports on topics of importance for the Indian pharma and medical device industry.
      • The scheme is aimed at creating a database of pharma and medical device sectors.