'Working to decriminalise offences under Companies Act'

Speaking at Assocham, PM Modi said that his government is working to decriminalise several offences under the Companies Act, while many have already been decriminalised

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ASSOCHAM. (ANI Photo)

Hardselling his administration's pro-business approach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the government is working to decriminalise provision of Companies Act to make it easier to do business in the country.

He said the recent cut in corporate tax has brought rates to all-time low for businesses. He, however, said labour force should also be taken care of.

Modi said time taken to register companies has been cut to few hours from months and better infrastructure has enabled the cut in turnaround time at airports and ports.

Dynamic changes have been made in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on suggestion of trade and industry, he said adding India is among the top 10 nations which have in last three years made the maximum improvement in ease of doing business ranking. From 142 rank, India has climbed to 63rd position in three years, he said. Modi said many provision of the Companies Act have been decriminalised and work is on to bring in more provisions.

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