22000+ Compliance Reduced by Ministry [Key Highlights]

Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on Friday, 5th March 2021, while addressing a webinar on the Production Linked Incentives scheme through video conferencing, highlighted the need for reducing compliances burden and said it is the effort of the government to reduce 6,000 compliances burden at the state and Central level this year. 

He emphasized the need to make Indian companies and manufacturing being done in India, globally competitive and also, to create global recognition for our production cost, products, quality and efficiency. With the intent to ensure “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” the Government of India embarked on an ambitious journey to reduce burdensome compliances.

Key Highlights:

  • More than 22000 compliances reduced in Government.
  • 103 offences decriminalized and 327 redundant provisions/laws removed by the Centre
  • Exercise being carried out by Centre to simplify, decriminalize & remove redundant laws
  • Ministry is working to strengthen & boost confidence of business owners
  • Focus is to simplify & streamline procedures to run or start a business
  • Changes were made into Company Law and LLP Law, Income Tax and GST etc.
  • Various scheme were introduced under various Corporate Laws to support the business
  • Further, Budget 2021-22 has proposed various measures to reduce regulatory compliance burden which will improve ease of doing business for industry and ease of living for citizens.
  • The NSWS portal hosts approvals across 18 Central Departments & 9 States and another 14 Central depts & 5 states will be added by Dec’21.

Some of the iconic reforms, as stated by Shri Piyush Goyal ji, implemented by the Centre to ease compliance burden on citizens and businesses are-

  1. Removal of distinction between Domestic and International OSP (other service provider) which will provide thrust to voice-based BPO and ITeS organizations in India,
  2. liberalized access to geospatial data,
  3. Introduction of ‘Mera Ration’ mobile app,
  4. Introduction of single step online Aadhaar validation process for 18 services associated with Driving License and Registration Certificate.
  5. 46 penal provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and 12 offences under the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Act, 2008 decriminalized.
  6. Through business process re-engineering, States/UTs have reduced time for granting approvals/licenses, eliminated physical touch-points and brought transparency in inspections.
  7. Single window clearances for new investors have reduced the time to start operations across businesses.
  8. Reforms by State Governments:
  9. Licensing reforms,
  10. computerized central random inspection system,
  11. labour reforms,
  12. initiatives to support Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) and
  13. promote industrial development in the true spirit of cooperative federalism.
  • Various initiatives taken by Ministry, to reduce Compliance Burden, that impact specific segments of citizens and businesses:
  1) Department of Telecommunications:  Distinction between Domestic and International OSP (other service provider) removed, allowing Indian Telecom Service Providers serving foreign counterparts to register as an OSP. Allowed sharing of EPABX and PSTN lines by domestic and international centers. This provides massive growth thrust to BPO, BPM and ITeS organizations providing voice-based services in India
2) Department of Science and Technology:– Private, public entities and research institutes now allowed to collect, process, store, publish and share geospatial data and services including maps enabling an Indian firm offer world class geo spatial service such as Google maps. Liberalized access to geospatial data helps stakeholders plan better for infrastructure projects, protection from natural calamities and enables environment protection. Reduced reliance on foreign resources and technology for geo spatial mapping  
3) Department of Food and Public Distribution:  Migrant beneficiaries empowered to get their entitled quota of food grains from any electronic point of sale (e-PoS) enabled fair price shops across the country. ‘Mera Ration’ mobile app introduced to help users identify nearest fair price shop, check entitlement details and recent transactions. Ration cards made portable minimizing compliance pain of migrant beneficiaries in availing their food grain quota. Facility covers more than 75 Crore beneficiaries under National Food Security Act (NFSA) covering almost 94.3% of NFSA population  
4) Ministry of Road Transport and Highways:  Single step online Aadhaar validation process introduced for 18 services associated with Driving License (DL), Registration Certificate (RC), Transfer of Ownership, International Driving Permit, Hire-Purchase, etc., eliminating the need for citizens to visit the Road Transport Offices (RTO) leading to hassle free services at the doorstep of citizens.Registration Certificate now issued at dealer location itself. Vehicle registration can be done anywhere in the state (Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal)  vis-a-vis earlier process wherein it could be done only at respective RTO
5) Ministry of Education-  Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA) user interface developed to enable learners and teachers across the country to access curricula of NCERT, CBSE and SCERTs online. 1.85 lakh pieces of e-content on-boarded and high traffic on portal (~2,400 crore hits since lockdown) showcases its increased usage. Training of teachers has been enabled online on DIKSHA with about 25 lakh teachers benefitting from it.
6) Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises:  Samadhaan portal launched empowering MSMEs across the country to register and track grievances related to delayed payment and settlement of disputes. CHAMPIONS portal launched by the Prime Minister for speedy redressal of grievances of MSMEs. Over 37,000 grievances redressed (by Aug’21) with a reply rate of more than 99%.   Sampark portal launched to help connect jobseekers (passed out trainees/ students of MSME Technology Centers) to recruiters. 4.73+ lakh jobseekers and more than 6,200 recruiters are registered on the portal till date
7) Department of Consumer Affairs:  BIS Care app launched empowering consumers to check authenticity of ISI marked and hallmarked products. Citizens can also lodge complaints against fraudulent products using the App.  

These statements were given by Shri Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Textiles while speaking at the National Workshop on Reducing Compliance Burden organized by DPIIT.

Source: Press Release id 1758852 & News articles

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