Govt enlists measures to improve ease of doing biz

The government on Saturday said it has taken a series of steps to improve ease of doing business that include having a timeline for clearance of applications, de-licensing the manufacturing of many defence products and introduction of e-Biz project for single window clearance.

"The emphasis has been on simplification and rationalisation of the existing rules and introduction of information technology to make governance more efficient, effective, simple and user-friendly," the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion said.The eBiz-project being implemented will create an investor centric hub-and-spoke based online single window model for providing clearances and filing compliances, DIPP said, adding that it will provide a single platform to avail business and investment related services.

"This project will result in radical improvements in ease of doing business by reducing time, efforts and costs taken in obtaining clearances and ensuring compliances. Integration with Central Government services is being done on highest priority," DIPP said.

In order to improve the regulatory business environment, all departments and state governments have been requested to take measures on priority basis such as mandatory filing of all returns on-line through a unified form; no inspection should be undertaken without the approval of the Head of the Department and for all non-risk, non-hazardous businesses a system of self-certification should be introduced.

Besides, it has introduced online registration of employers with Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).The government has also done away with the requirement of affidavit from the applicants of the defence industry.

Further, a maximum timeline of 12 weeks has been finalised by Ministry of Home Affairs for grant of security clearance on industrial licence applications.

Now partial commencement of production will be treated as commencement of production of all the items included in the licence, a move which will facilitate the entrepreneurs from hardship of repeatedly coming to the administrative ministries for extension of validity of industrial license.

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