In a bid to attract major private investments in the priority sectors after announcing the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met dozens of industry leaders via video conferencing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government plans to do away with over 6,000 compliance requirements for businesses both at the central and state levels this year to facilitate ease of doing business in India.
“We are going to take it seriously. We have to get rid of the requirement to fill up umpteen forms. Your suggestions are crucial,” Modi told industry leaders.
Interacting with India Inc for information sharing and brainstorming on PLI schemes, PM Modi said the PLI scheme is aimed at expanding domestic manufacturing and boosting exports.
Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra said last year that the Centre has started identifying redundant rules in state and central laws that can be removed to reduce compliance burden for companies operating in India. “It is a major assignment given by the Prime Minister, and the cabinet secretary is monitoring its progress,” he had said in July last year.
Citing a study by the National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI), the Economic Survey FY20 said one needs 45 documents to obtain a licence from Delhi Police to open a restaurant—far more than the number of documents required for a licence to procure new arms (19) and major fireworks (12).
The Survey said a major challenge most firms face is the complex architecture of the governance framework, including the density of legislation and statutory compliances.
On Friday, Modi said through the PLI scheme, the government is trying to emulate the examples of countries that have been successful in accelerating development by acccelerating manufacturing. “Manufacturing firms should make India their base and our domestic industry, the number and strength of our MSMEs should expand,” he added. So far, the government has announced 13 PLI schemes worth Rs1.97 lakh crore in sops to boost local manufacturing with an aim to produce about $520 billion in India in next five years.
The PLI schemes in information technology hardware and telecom gear manufacturing will lead to a tremendous increase in production and domestic value addition. “IT hardware is estimated to achieve Rs3 lakh crore worth production in four years and domestic value addition will rise from 5-10% to 20-25% in five years. Telecom gear manufacturing will see an increase of Rs2.5 lakh crore. We should be able to export (goods) worth Rs2 lakh crore from this,” Modi said.
Key points from what PM Modi said:
- Successful efforts have been undertaken to encourage the “Make in India” initiative in the last 6-7 years.
- Thirteen sectors such as auto, pharma to get a Production-linked inventive scheme.
- PLI scheme for textile and food processing to help the entire agriculture sector.
- Provisions worth around Rs2 lakh crore PLI scheme have been made.
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