RBI plays ball with govt, to simplify rules for start-ups

RBI plays ball with govt, to simplify rules for start-ups

Underscoring the need to boost the start-up ecosystem, the Reserve Bank today said it will simplify rules and regulations which impede their growth and ensure that an entrepreneur does not have to run from "pillar to post" to start a business.

"We want to simplify the process...we are supporting the start-up process by making it easier to raise money, often from abroad, but also simplify the compliance with regulations including putting lot of forms online so that they don't have to go from pillar to post," RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan told reporters.

He cited the difficulties faced by entrepreneurs, starting right from the complicated contracts for fund raising, which are not allowed under the Foreign Exchange Management Act.
"Can we make it possible for those contracts to actually be undertaken?

"There have been a variety of cases when the entrepreneurs have come to us and told us that they want some relaxations," he said, adding that the changes will be incorporated into policymaking, starting with a document to be released shortly.

He also spoke of the difficulties faced by an entrepreneur during sale of a company which entails an elongated period of receiving the funds. "During that time, the amount is escrowed. Can we extend the time for which the amount is escrowed so that sales can take place easily," Rajan said.

In a detailed statement issued later, the RBI said in case of transfer of ownership of a start-up, the escrow arrangement can be extended till 18 months.

It will also work for enabling start-up enterprises to receive foreign venture capital investment and also "explicitly enabling transfer of shares from foreign venture capital investors" to others, the statement said.

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