The government on Thursday said 14 companies, including Dell, Lava, Dixon, Wistron and Foxconn, have received approval under the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) for IT hardware.

The PLI scheme for IT hardware, which was notified on March 3, 2021, provides an incentive of 1 to 4 per cent to eligible companies on net incremental sales over the base year of FY 2019-20 of goods under target segments that are manufactured in India for a period of four years (FY22 to FY25).

The target segments under the PLI scheme for IT hardware include laptops, tablets, all-in-one personal computers (PCs) and servers.

Over the next four years, these companies are expected to fuel a total production of over Rs 1.61 lakh crore, and generate direct employment opportunities for over 36,000 people.

The program seeks to boost domestic manufacturing and attract large investments in the value chain of these IT hardware products.

"Four companies have been selected under the category IT Hardware Companies which include Dell, ICT (Wistron), Flextronics and Rising Stars Hi-Tech (Foxconn)," an official statement said. Wistron and Foxconn are Apple's contract manufacturers.

Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the PLI scheme has been a huge success in terms of the applications received from global as well as domestic manufacturing companies.

"We are optimistic and looking forward to building a strong ecosystem across the value chain and integrating with the global value chains, thereby strengthening the electronics manufacturing ecosystem in the country," he added.

It is estimated that in the next four years, the approved companies under the PLI scheme for IT hardware are expected to clock a total production of more than Rs 1.61 lakh crore.