Assam creates single window clearance system to boost investment

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, June 11: The Assam government has set up a single window clearance system at all district headquarters to help potential investors and to eradicate corruption.

Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that this single window clearance system will eble potential investors to apply online for all clearance certificates and no objection certificates.

Patowary, who was addressing his first press conference today after taking oath as Industry and Commerce Minister two weeks ago, said the new government has introduced the Assam Ease of Doing Business Bill 2016 in the House on June 3 this year, which was passed subsequently.

“The Bill envisages constituting an Assam Bureau of Investment Promotion (ABIP) and creation of a single window clearance system to boost investment in the State,” he said.

“The government has also taken steps to create a land bank with government surplus land within 100 days, which will help in consideration of investment proposals from potential investors,” Patowary said, adding that the government will also request the State Revenue and Public Enterprise departments to hand over unused lands to the Industry department so that the government can actively consider investment proposals.

He said that at present the State has only 2,107 bighas of such land.

“It is noticed that getting clearances or licenses or no objection certificates from different government departments is not an easy task. It is seen that for setting up of an industry, almost 70 applications have to be submitted to 21 government departments,” he said, adding that the new government wants to ease the process for all investors.

Asked about the existing North East Industry and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007, the minister said that while the existing NEIIPP will continue till 2017, the government might consider certain amendments in the existing policy to encourage further investment in the State as per its requirement.

Patowary said the government has already formed a committee to study the status of the closed industrial units and that efforts will be on to revive them considering their viability and feasibility. “We might think of reviving the closed industrial units in the State by considering private and Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode in due course of time,” he added.

He said the State is taking up with the Central government the issue of the closed Cachar Paper Mill, as well as the Jagiroad Paper Mill which is also on the verge of closure due to shortage of raw materials.

Patowary, also the Transport minister, said the issue of permits of commercial vehicles, which had remained suspended since sometime, will resume from Monday.

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