Cabinet elimiates licensing requirements for clean industries

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New Delhi, Jul 3 (UNI) The Union Cabinet today gave approval for removal of compulsory licensing requirements in certai areas under the Industres (Development&Regulation) Act, 1951 to give boost to clean and non-polluting industries. .

Briefing newspersons here on the Cabinet decisions, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said certain provisions in the Act have been deleted. These were notified in Para 11 A (ii) of the Notification No 477 (E) dated July 25,1991, issued under the Act.

These are as follows: 11 A(ii) The proposed project shall not be located within 25 km from the periphery of the standard urban limits of cities having a population of more than ten lakhs according to the 1991 census.

The condition shall now not apply to ; (a) electronics, computer software and printing industries and other non-polluting industries that may be notified from time to time; (b) other industries provided they are located within industrial areas designated by the State governments before July 24, 1991.

Mr Dasmunsi said since grant of Industrial Licence for such projects is on the basis of recommendations of the State governments and clearence of State Polluting Control Board and Ministry of Environment and Forests, the existing prcedure for granting licence can be dispensed with.

He said the existing provisions of the Act amounts to an uncecessary hurdle in setting up of industres and needs to be done away with.

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