J&K to facilitate Ease of Doing Business

CS reviews easing business establishment process


JAMMU, Jan 12: The Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahm-anyam today chaired a meeting to review the measures to be taken for easing the business establishment process in Jammu and Kashmir. Administrative Secretaries of departments of Revenue, Animal/Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries, Power Develop-ment Department, Industries & Commerce, Forest, Ecology & Environment, Labour & Employment, & Jal Shakti, besides Secretary, Pollution Control Board (PCB) and concerned HoDs participated in the meeting.
It was informed that currently entrepreneurs face various challenges at the pre-establishment stage in acquiring various NOCs and clearances through a cumbersome process which has retarded the growth of industries in Jammu & Kashmir. To ease the business establishment process in J&K, the Industries & Commerce Department proposed a reduction of compliance burden by doing away with certain NOCs, while relaxing several pre-requisite approval/clearances for initial 2 years. Emphasizing the importance of a pro-active engagement by the Industries & Commerce Department, Chief Secretary urged the Department to promptly and proportionately reduce the registration-related documentation required for setting up Red, Orange, Green & White categories of business units inside the designated industrial estates. Chief Secretary also advised the Department to bring a proposal for providing interim permission/provisional registration to entrepreneurs on the basis of a few essential clearances including 'consent to establish' from the Pollution Control Board, whereas the rest can be obtained within a period of 2 years. Additionally, PCB was also asked to enhance the validity of 'consent to establish' from the existing 1 year to 3 years.

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