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Be more investor friendly, Odisha govt tells depts

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 7:

The Odisha government has asked all concerned departments to identify their procedural needs for expediting business projects to make them more investor-friendly.

Jugal Kishore Mohapatra CSThe directive of the government came at a knowledge sharing discourse held under the chairmanship of chief secretary JK Mohapatra at the State Secretariat here today.

It was revealed at the meeting that the Industrial Policy and Promotion department of the Centre has engaged M/s Accenture, a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, to conduct a study on ‘Improving the Business Environment in India’.

The company has conducted a comprehensive study of the regulatory and procedural practices being followed in different states and interacted with various stake holders involved in the process.

The company shared with state government officials the six best practices it has identified from various states at the meeting.

The six best practices identified include integrated and automated system for tax regulation compliances, labour related compliances, infrastructure and utility related approvals, land and building related approvals, environmental clearances and other business regulatory compliances.

Action points for each of these identified areas were discussed at the meeting.

It was revealed that the Odisha government has already initiated business facilitating initiatives in the matters of e-registration, e-way bill, e-payment and e-returns.

Apart from this, computerization of pollution clearances has been taken up while single window clearance system has been operationalised.

The department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MS&ME) has also launched online receipt and processing of applications for setting up micro small and medium scale industries.

The meeting also deliberated on improvement in land aggregation and allotment and labour law management regulations.

The chief secretary directed all the concerned departments to identify their procedural needs and convey these to Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO) within 15 days to make them automated and investor-friendly.