In a significant development, the government official revealed that the Centre intends to initiate legal proceedings against manufacturers of electric vehicles (EVs) who fail to reimburse incentives that have been allegedly obtained unlawfully through the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) II scheme. This stern action is aimed at ensuring compliance and accountability within the EV industry.
Additionally, the official disclosed that such non-compliant manufacturers will face repercussions beyond just legal action. They will be barred from participating in the upcoming version of the FAME program, a move intended to deter future violations and maintain the integrity of the scheme.
The FAME II scheme was introduced by the government to stimulate the adoption and production of electric vehicles in India. Under this initiative, incentives were offered to EV manufacturers to encourage the growth of the sector and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
However, the recent announcement highlights the government’s determination to address any potential misuse of the incentives provided. By taking legal action and imposing participation restrictions, the Centre aims to safeguard the interests of the program and promote transparency and fairness among EV manufacturers.
This proactive step by the government serves as a strong message to EV makers, emphasizing the significance of adhering to the regulations and ensuring the appropriate utilization of incentives.