A PLI scheme to defend power grids from Chinese cyber attacks

NEW DELHI : The Union government is looking to introduce a production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for power transmission and distribution equipment, two officials aware of the plans said, as part of India’s push for greater self-reliance in strategic sectors.

This comes against the backdrop of India trying to curb the use of Chinese power equipment, given the cyberattacks on its grid, including from Red Echo, a Chinese state-sponsored group.

While these attempts were thwarted, if successful, such attempts may lead to blackouts, impacting services such as water supply, telecom infrastructure, hospitals, airports and metro rail networks.

The government has already enforced prior permission requirements for imports from countries with which it has a conflict.

“The PLI scheme for power transmission and distribution equipment is in the works,” one of the two officials cited above said, requesting anonymity.

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