Industrial policy review body roots for single window clearance

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Guwahati, Dec 9 (UNI) A comprehensive single window clearance mechanism and removal of 'inspector raj' are major steps needed to be pursued by the Assam Government for industrial development of the state.

These were part of the recommendations submitted by the Review Committee of the Assam State Industrial Policy 2003 to state Commerce and Industries Minister Pradyut Bordoloi in Dispur yesterday.

Besides identifying quick approval of industrial projects through a single window clearance system and an industry-friendly environment as part of a seven-point strategy to attract more industries to the state, the Committee stressed on these points in its recommendations extensively.

It also recommended a comprehensive single window clearance Act at the district level, state level and empowered committees for expeditious clearance of projects, with facilities for deemed approval and self-certification.

However, it also stressed that officials of the departments concerned should also be extensively trained as no legislation can bring the desired changes until there is a change in the 'mindset' of the officials.

Moreover, the committee also recommended extensive simplification in land allotment, power connection, pollution control board approvals, industrial registrations, among others, to do away with the 'inspector raj'.

It also recommended the constitution of a state industrial investment board, headed by the Chief Minister, besides a Standing Committee to recommend rationalisation of taxes to bring them at par with other states.

The committee also pointed out that liberalisation of VAT was a highly appreciated and useful subsidy for entrepreneurs and recommended the state government to work on it further. Besides, it also recommended development of industrial clusters and better market linkages to draw investment.

The Committee was formed to review the present state industrial policy and recommend drawing of a new policy which would supplement the Northeast Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy 2007. Its objectives included increasing the share of the industrial sector in the State Domestic Product to 18 per cent, increasing the entrepreneurial habits in the state and draw outside investment as well as generate employment.

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