J&K becomes 1st UT to be integrated with National Single Window System

The Centre on Tuesday said Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has become the first Union Territory (UT) which has been integrated with the National Single Window System (NSWS).

This marks a major leap in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in the UT.

The J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched the Single Window Clearance System integrated with NSWS, which is linked with India Industrial Land Bank, that hosts 45 industrial parks of the UT. This will help investors to discover available land parcels in J&K.

The NSWS, a 2020 budgetary announcement of the Union government, is a digital platform that serves as a guide for investors to identify and apply for approvals as per their business requirements. The platform was soft launched in September 2021 by the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal.

NSWS will eliminate the need for investors to visit multiple platforms or offices to gather information and obtain clearances from different stakeholders.

Twenty ministries and departments have been integrated in NSWS, including Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, among others. At present, 142 central approvals can be applied through the NSWS portal.

Apart from J&K, 14 states are onboard at NSWS, including Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The Know Your Approval (KYA) module on NSWS guides investors to identify approvals required for their business based on a dynamic intuitive questionnaire. At present, the module hosts more than 3,000 approvals across Centre and the states.

As till date, the portal has 16,800 visitors, of which 7,500 KYA journeys have been serviced. More than 1,250 investors are registered on the portal.

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