Uttar Pradesh has mandated a web-based single window clearance system for fresh investment proposals in all 75 districts and, for all categories of industries.
The facility, ‘Nivesh Mitra’, has been in existence since 2009 in select districts, initially as a pilot. Now, the advanced system will allow e-submission of application forms and fees, and will have vigorous online monitoring at all levels.
The system seeks to facilitate transparency, speed up and ease the process of setting up enterprises and improve the business environment in UP. The latest government order includes 30 districts, which were earlier outside the purview of Nivesh Mitra, for online clearance sought to set up small, medium and large-scale enterprises.
However, considering practical difficulties of applying online, micro enterprises have been given the option to apply manually as well.
Nivesh Mitra promises time-bound issuance of clearances, approvals and no objection certificates to entrepreneurs, while the stipulated fee can be paid through net banking.
“It is a unique web-based facility, envisaged to mitigate barriers to investment by ensuring convenience and responsiveness for businesses, with minimal human intervention,” UP Infrastructure & Industrial Development Commissioner and Udyog Bandhu Executive Director Anil Kumar Gupta said. Udyog Bandhu is the government-industry interface.
Officials have been directed for installation of the required infrastructure in all districts and nodal officers have been trained on the operational aspects of Nivesh Mitra.
Since 2009, about 26,000 entrepreneurs have applied online and 21,000 applications have been cleared.
Currently, 12 services are available through Nivesh Mitra, namely, industries, power, factories, fire safety, electrical safety, pollution control, forest, excise, commercial tax, food, labour and drugs.
About 4,900 applications are under process, 936 are pending beyond the stipulated time limit and 238 applications have been rejected.
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