The SMNP programme promotes smart grids in India, along with the Indian manufacturing industry while creating more direct and indirect employment opportunities.

The Government of India had set up the National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) to plan and monitor the implementation of policies and programmes related to smart grid activities in India. There are over 14 smart grid pilots in various stages of implementation across the country, which is being monitored by NSGM. In September 2016, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) released a report on strategy for roll out of smart meters by state/union territories. Smart meters are currently the first step towards the creation of smart grids across the country.