What are White Goods?

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The government recently tightened its oversight over the selected applicants under the Production Linked Incentive for white goods.

About White Goods

  • White goods are large home appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, and air conditioners
  • They are large consumer durables for the house which were traditionally available only in white.
  • Even though you can purchase them today in a wide range of different colors, they continue being called white goods.
  • White goods are known for their durability and longevity, as they are designed to withstand the demands of daily use.
  • The term may also refer to white fabrics, especially linen or cotton – articles such as curtains, towels, or sheets that historically used to be made of white cloth.
  • In the beverage industry, white goods are colorless spirits, such as vodka or gin.

What are Brown Goods?

  • They are relatively light electronic consumer durables such as computers, digital media players, TVs and radios.
  • Unlike large household appliances (white goods), brown goods are more focused on entertainment, communication, and convenience.
  • These devices often have electronic components, and their primary function is to provide audio, video, or data-related services.

Q1: What is a Production Linked Incentive Scheme?

PLI schemes (Production linked incentive scheme) were introduced back in 2020 by the central government. PLI schemes help foreign companies to establish manufacturing units locally and also earn incentives on incremental sales.

Source: Govt tightens PLI rules for white goods