In a push for greater ease of doing business in the country, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has proposed to make it mandatory for pharmaceutical companies and chemists to periodically pay a licence retention fee instead of the current ambiguous practice of renewal of licences. According to the proposal, if a company or chemist does not pay this fee within the due date, the licence would be deemed as cancelled.
The central drug controller believes that once this provision is incorporated in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, it would be a part of “rationalising the grant of licences for manufacture or sale of drugs”, as the licences of companies and chemists “who are not carrying on the business for a long time will stand cancelled”.
f everything goes according to plan, the period for getting no objection certificate (NOC) of property record (PR) card details and remarks will be cut down from 17 days to one day, as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has introduced an integrated link to the Revenue Department in the online approval process. Under the ease of doing business initiative, the civic body has initiated a single-window clearance system to streamline the time taken for issuing lengthy permissions for construction.
An official from the Development Plan (DP) department said, "In the single window clearance system, we have provided an integrated link to the city survey officer (CTSO) of the collector's office. Once the developer or any citizen puts the survey number of a particular plot in the link, it will give them all the details. Also, if there is any proposed development project on a particular plot, the link will process the NOCs online within a day."
India has conveyed to the World Bank that processes for starting a business in the country have been reduced to five from 14 in the past year, in response to its survey on ease of doing business. After India rose only one rung to no. 130 among 190 countries in the World Bank’s 2017 ease of doing business report, New Delhi complained that several of its reforms had not been acknowledged. India now wants to ensure the World Bank takes note of all reforms in its 2018 rankings.
According to officials, in a reply to a World Bank questionnaire, India said five procedures — including obtaining direction identification number, permanent account and tax deduction account number (PAN and TAN) —have been merged into one. Besides, processes for employee provident fund have been moved online and inspection requirements done away with, further reducing the number of steps. In the 2017 report, India was ranked 155 among 190 countries on ‘Starting a Business’ parameter — one of 10 factors on which the World Bank ranks countries on the ease of doing business.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today launched an online portal for integrated management of mines and minerals in the state. The portal named 'Khanij (minerals) Online Portal', launched here during a ceremony, will facilitate generation of e-transit pass, filing of applications and deposit of royalty and other mining-related payments to miners, an official here said.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said, there was a need of a process based on information technology for management of mines and mineral resources spread in a major part of the state which will now be facilitated by the launch of this web-based facility.
New Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Due to a staff crunch in the Labour department, the Delhi government has decided to authorise private agencies to test and certify elevators in the national capital. Sources said that as per a rough estimate, there were nearly 50,000 elevators in Delhi, but the department had only around 12 inspectors to test and certify them. The department has issued a notification authorising individuals to verify the installation of elevators in all the buildings in the city except the ones owned by DDA and PWD.
According to the government, the owner of every building, which has an elevator, will have to get it tested and certified from an authorised agency once a year. "In view of a staff crunch, it has been decided to authorise private agencies to test and certify the installation of elevators in all the buildings in the city," said a government official. He added that the decision was also influenced by the governments policy on ease of doing business as now, the building owners will not have to visit the offices of the department to get the elevators certified.
Chandigarh, June 13 In a step towards providing major relief to entrepreneurs, the administration has decided to start a single-window system for the industry. Sources said VP Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh, would launch the single-window system website tomorrow. The system has been developed by the Department of Industries with the aim of providing better environment for the ease of doing business in Chandigarh.
Kavita Singh, Secretary, Industries, said with the new system, setting up of an industry or any other related work of existing industries would become easier than earlier as the approval would be given online. The system will ensure timely permission from all departments.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The LDF government on Friday released its maiden industrial policy that lays thrust on private industrial parks and special cells for single window clearance. Industries Minister A C Moideen, while releasing the draft document, said the policy aims to make the state among the top 10 states that achieve economic progress by promoting industries and employment generation. The eco-system envisaged would maintain the social and environmental harmony.
The policy has given a major thrust to expanding the role of public sector units, in line with the LDF policy. It includes establishing a major plant for developing titanium, a petrochemical hub, a cashew board for raw nut procurement, incentives for traditional industries. The government will establish contributory pension schemes in profitable PSUs.
Lucknow, Jun 9 (PTI) The blue print of the new industrial policy of Uttar Pradesh, which promises ease of doing business, tax relief and continuous power supply and aims at promoting units in the backward Purvanchal and Bundelkhand regions, has been approved by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. "The CM has approved the draft of the new industrial policy after some amendments. It will be uploaded on the website of the department for suggestions and objections of people before finalising it and presenting it before the state cabinet," an official spokesman said here today.
Adityanath has carefully gone through the key points of the UP Industrial Investment and Employment Promotion Policy-2017 before approving the draft, he said. The government is all set to unveil the policy in the "next 2-4 weeks", according to UP Industries Minister Satish Mahana. The new industrial policy will seek to simplify the procedure for development of fundamental infrastructure and promote establishment of industries in Purvanchal and Bundelkhand regions.
HYDERABAD: Following the directions of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the state government has asked all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to digitise the building permission record of one year period - from June 2015 to June 2016 - and make them available on their respective websites by June 15. DIPP’s move is aimed at making the ULBs a part of Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) 2017 under Ease of Doing Business (EODB).
The digitisation of the building permission records of the said one year period would allow establishments to view and download submitted inspection reports of at least a two-year period. This would also allow third parties to easily verify the approval certificates in the public domain of past two years.
Private sector players can now apply to commerce ministry for licences to manufacture tanks, fighter planes, warships and other defence equipment, a step which the government feels will promote ease of doing business and give impetus to ‘Make In India’ initiative. In a gazette notification, the home ministry said the secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) can now issue licences for manufacturing of defence items. However, the licences will be issued to the prospective manufacturers by the DIPP under the home ministry’s “supervision and control”, the notification said. The power of issuing licences was exclusively with the home ministry earlier.
The decision has been taken to expedite the ‘Make In India’ initiative, a pet project of the Narendra Modi government, and to invite private sector in the defence manufacturing sector, an official said. The DIPP comes under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and mainly deals with promotion of investment and industries. The private sector can now apply to the DIPP for the licences.