J&K simplifies business establishment process

In a move to revive the business sector and boost investor confidence with a business-friendly environment in Jammu and Kashmir, the Administrative Council (AC) has approved a series of measures for simplifying business establishment process.

The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha on Saturday.

As per the decision, the pre-requisite no objection certificates (NoCs)/approvals have been relaxed for setting up of a business unit. The Udyog Aadhar Memorandum as per the condition of the Government of India will now be the only requirement for a business unit to be set-up.

Earlier, as many as 15 NoCs/Clearances were required for a business unit to establish, which have now been reduced to a bare minimum. These bare minimum NoCs/Approvals shall be required subsequently, for which two sets of single window committees have been established — one for business units coming up within Industrial Estates and another committee for units outside the Industrial Estates.

These committees shall ensure time-bound issuance of the NoCs/Approvals pertaining to the power connection, water connection, building plan, etc., as per specified timelines on case to case basis.

Further, a Divisional Level Committee has been approved, which shall periodically monitor the working of the above committees and address issues, if any, related to the issuance of NoCs/Approvals.

No prerequisite approvals shall be required as a general rule except for NoCs/ Approvals from departments like Pollution Control Board (CTE/CTO), NoCs from Fire and Emergency Department, Change of Land Use from Revenue Department, etc., wherever applicable.

Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha said that consistent policy actions are being taken to encourage large-scale investment, innovation, restoring Jammu & Kashmir’s advantage in resources and skilled workforce to create a business-friendly environment and drive economic growth.

“The recent decisions taken by the government in the business sector, including the new Industrial Developmental Scheme will give a fillip to Jammu & Kashmir’s economy. These ambitious structural reforms will not only improve the J&K’s ranking in the Ease of Doing Business Index but also create an unshakeable foundation for business entities, industries planning to invest in the union territory,” the Lt. Governor observed.

The UT government is consistently making efforts with reforms, and soon planning to launch end-to-end online services for the businesses. The regulations are being made simpler and business-friendly by the government.

The Government of India had last month approved a new Industrial Developmental Scheme with an outlay of Rs 28,400 crore to give a major push to the economy of the region and provide huge employment opportunities to the people. The scheme is being implemented with the vision that industry and service led development of J&K needs to be given a fresh thrust with emphasis on job creation, skill development, and sustainable development by attracting new investment and nurturing the existing ones.

The new Industrial Developmental Scheme will provide major support to local industry, besides creation of new business opportunities. The scheme aims to take industrial development to the block level in the UT, which is for the first time in any Industrial Incentive Scheme of the Government of India and attempts for a more sustained and balanced industrial growth in the entire UT.

The new Industrial Developmental Scheme has been simplified on the lines of Ease of Doing Business by bringing GST linked incentive that will ensure less compliance burden without compromising on transparency. The scheme is made attractive for both smaller and larger units. Smaller units with an investment in plant and machinery up to Rs 50 crore will get a capital incentive up to Rs 7.5 crore and capital interest subvention at the rate of 6 per cent for a maximum of seven years.

Pertinently, during the launch of the new Industrial Developmental Scheme, the Lt. Governor had promised that the implementation of the new scheme would be done in a manner that is friendly and hassle-free to the investors and it would be ensured that entrepreneurs from within J&K and outside find a smooth and progressive ecosystem for their business plans.