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Budget 2024 Unveils INR 1 Lakh Crore Corpus for Private Sector R&D Incentives

In a groundbreaking move to foster research and development (R&D) within the private sector, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, during the Interim Budget 2024 announcement, disclosed the establishment of a substantial financial corpus amounting to INR 1 lakh crore. This corpus aims to provide low-cost or interest-free loans, extending up to 50 years, specifically dedicated to fueling research and innovation endeavors within the private industry.

Golden Era for Tech-Savvy Youth

  • Private companies eligible for interest-free loans for 50 years.
  • INR 1 lakh crore corpus facilitating long-term financing or refinancing.
  • Encouraging significant scaling up of research and innovation in emerging domains.

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Building on Prior Initiatives

  • Aligns with government efforts to boost private sector participation in research activities.
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) established last year with a spending target of INR 50,000 crore over the next five years.
  • Over 70% of NRF funding expected from the private sector.

Fostering Innovation Environment

  • Principal Scientific Advisor, Ajay Sood, anticipates increased private sector spending on R&D.
  • Budgetary provision designed to create an environment conducive to innovation.
  • NRF focusing on qualitative and quantitative enhancement of the country’s research output.

Deep Tech Policy on the Horizon

  • Comprehensive national policy on deep-tech start-ups under finalization.
  • Extending beyond defense, the policy targets all sectors.
  • Aims to address challenges faced by start-ups in advanced technologies, fostering improved outcomes.

 

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