Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 1:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed officials to accord top priority to simplification of regulatory mechanisms to make the state one of the easiest places for doing business.
Chairing over a meeting on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ at the state secretariat here today, the Chief Minister advised to do away with old and redundant procedures and synchronize multiple inspections.
“We must learn the best practices across the world and move with times. Officers should leverage the benefits of technology and provide clearances in a transparent, hassle-free and time-bound manner, “said Patnaik emphasizing on the need to work in an atmosphere of trust.
The meeting was informed that the Industries department is working with other concerned department to bring about regulatory reforms and simplify procedures.
The Chief Minister directed the officers of all concerned departments to bring proposals in the next cabinet meeting, in case of any regulatory reform needs the Cabinet’s approval.
It was revealed in the meeting that departments of Water Resources, State Pollution Control Board, Home department and Labour & ESI department have made significant improvements in developing e-biz, which have electronic mechanisms for clearances, payments, approvals etc.
As per the decisions taken in the meeting, online payment of and return for entertainment tax will be implemented by June 30, Commercial Tax department will issue approval certificates online in the form of digitally signed documents by June 30.
Similarly, the conduct of inspection as part of the process for obtaining electric connection will be done away with from June 30.
Besides, the Pollution Control Board will introduce provision of online returns for various pollution related acts through a common application.
Moreover, IPICOL will soon make notification to provide clear timelines for addressing investor grievances.
A Central Inspection Agency, which will be responsible for various inspections, will be set up soon.
It was informed that data at Sub-Registrar’s office and Land Record Offices have been digitized.
The Municipality land records will be digitized and will be integrated into the data of the Sub-Registrar’s office and Land Record Offices.
The meeting was attended by Revenue Minister Bijayshree Routray, Urban Development Minister Puspendra Singh Deo, Labour and ESI Minister Prafulla Mallick, chief secretary, development commissioner and other senior officials of the concerned departments.