The Uttar Pradesh government held a meeting of departments, including forest, fire safety, stamp and registration, commercial tax, labour, revenue and pollution control, on May 6 to take stock of the measures being taken to make the state a favoured destination with investors. It was decided to:
1 Set a time limit for intimating departmental queries and objections on the applications by entrepreneurs for getting clearances on setting up an industry.
2 Eliminate human interference for which a composite application form is being prepared to ease the process of getting clearances through state’s online single window clearance system. The clearance application forms have to be filled online mandatorily while digital signature mechanism is being developed for issuing final approvals online.
3 Add more industry-related services timelines in the UP Janhit Guarantee Act, 2011, which provides for penalising officials who fail to deliver services within the stipulated timeline.
4 The state Pollution Control Board has been asked to accept only online applications while the inspection report of unit site will have to uploaded and displayed on Udyog Bandhu website within 48 hours after the inspection.
5 Considering removing the prerequisite of obtaining a pollution NoC for electricity connection for industrial units.
6 Validity period for water and air consent given by the pollution control board to industries has been increased to five years (from two) for highly polluting industries and for others to 10 years (from three).
7 For fire safety clearance, an IT system is being developed for getting clearances along with the facility of submitting maps online.