Self-reliant India Programme

Last updated: December 11, 2020

In his address to the nation on May 12, 2020, the Prime Minister expressed India’s resolve to turn the COVID-19 pandemic crisis into an opportunity to strive for self-reliance. For this, the Government introduced the Self-reliant India Programme (Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan) to be built around five pillars of Economy, Infrastructure, Systems, Vibrant Demography, and Demand.

An extensive set of reform and relief measures is being enforced as part of the programme that will help boost equitable growth in post-Coronavirus India. Improved liberalisation, policy amendments, relaxed regulations, financial support, infrastructure investment, skill development, etc, are expected to attract larger counts of foreign investors to India build a future-ready global economy.

Rs. 29.87 trillion Boost for the Economy 

Summary of Stimulus Measures Announced by the Government of India till date 

Sl. Item Rs. billion 
1. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) + 1,928.00
2. Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan 1.0 11,026.50
3. PMGKP Anna Yojana – extension of 5 months from Jul – Nov 829.11
4. Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan 2.0 (12th October) 730.00
5. Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan 3.0 2,650.80
6. RBI measures announced till 31st Oct 2020 12,712.00

Total 29,876.41

Self Reliant India Programme Stimulus Package 1.0

On May 12 2020, the Government of India introduced a stimulus package worth nearly Rs.21 trillion (US$277 billion), equivalent to around 10% of India’s GDP, to aid the people worst hit by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Built around five pillars of Economy, Infrastructure, Systems, Vibrant Demography, and Demand, the package was aimed at and opening up new avenues of trade, investment, and employment in the post-pandemic economy.

The building of a strong and resilient nation can only happen with the active cooperation of India’s global partners. To that end, the Central Government has set up an “Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS) and Project Development Cells (PDCs)” in all Ministries and Departments to attract fresh investments into India.

The stimulus package 1.0 was announced in five parts. For more details, please refer:
Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Part 1: Link
Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Part 2: Link
Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Part 3: Link
Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Part 4: Link
Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Part 5: Link

Self Reliant India Programme Stimulus Package 2.0

Announced on 12th Oct 2020, the second part of the package included measures worth Rs 730 billion to stimulate consumer spending in the economy in an effort to fight the slowdown due to COVID-19 pandemic following the lockdown.

  • Cash payment and leave encashment in lieu of one LTC during 2018-21 according to entitlement
  • Special Festival Advance Scheme revived as a one-time measure for both Gazetted and non-Gazetted employees
  • Special interest free 50-year loans to States for capital expenditure for Rs. 120 billion
  • Additional budget of Rs. 250 billion, in addition to Rs. 4.13 trillion given in Union Budget 2020, provided for Capital Expenditure

For more details, please refer to this presentation.

Self Reliant India Programme Stimulus Package 3.0

The third stimulus package, amounting to Rs. 2.65 trillion, announced by the Finance Minister on November 12, 2020, has been designed to increase employment opportunities, support multiple sectors through Production-Linked Incentives (PLIs) as well as extension of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) to non-MSMEs as well.
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In March 2020, the cabinet approved Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Schemes aims to boost local production and make India a global hub of large investments and manufacturing capabilities, in the following sectors: 

  • Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing (mobile phone and specified electronic components) – Rs. 409.95 billion
  • Manufacturing of critical Key Starting Materials, Drug Intermediates and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients – Rs. 69.40 billion
  • Manufacturing of Medical Devices – Rs. 34.20 billion

The scheme provides an incentive of 4% to 6% on incremental sales (over base year) of goods manufactured in India and covered under target segments, to eligible companies, for a period of five years subsequent to the base year. 

The PLI Scheme for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing (mobile phone and specified electronic components) was notified on 1 April, 2020 (LINK). With 16 global and domestic mobile phone and electronic components manufacturing companies as eligible applicants, the scheme is expected to lead to total production worth Rs. 11.5 trillion, and create 300,000 direct jobs, over the next five years.

The Department of Pharmaceuticals issued detailed guidelines for the PLI Schemes for Key Starting Materials, Drug Intermediates and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients; and Medical Devices on 27 July 2020, and the Revised Guidelines on 29 October 2020 (LINK The last date for filing applications under the scheme was extended to 30 November 2020.

Further, under the Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 stimulus package, announced in November 2020, the Government has included ten more Champion Sectors for coverage under the PLI Scheme to boost the global competitiveness of domestic manufacturing.


Sector  Estimated Expenditure on

new PLI Schemes (Rs. billion)

Advance Cell Chemistry Battery  181.00
Electronic/Technology Products  50.00
Automobiles & Auto Components  570.42
Pharmaceuticals Drugs  150.00
Telecom & Networking Products  121.95
Textile Products  106.83
Food Products  109.00
High Efficiency Solar PV Modules  45.00
White Goods (ACs & LED)  62.38
Specialty Steel  63.22
Total  1,459.80

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