The UP government is set to make delay in time-bound delivery of clearances to industries and enterprises being established in the state punishable with a fine up to Rs 25,000 to be paid by officials concerned.
Following a nod from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,the task of forming the draft for the proposed Uttar Pradesh Industrial Services Guarantee ordinance/bill has been given to Udyog Bandhu.
Udyog Bandhu has recently been made the nodal agency to attract investments in the state.
Depending upon the type of industry,clearances and no-objection certificates (NOCs) are required from 12 different departments of the UP government. In the first phase,the government,however,plans to bring about 12 commonly required clearances and NOCs from seven government departments,including Labour,Pollution,Industries,Energy,Revenue,Forest and Home (for fire safety),under the proposed guarantee law.
There is an existing government order of 1998,which sets the deadlines for providing these services in time-bound manner. Since then,from time to time,efforts have been made to implement this rigorously but despite best of efforts,lacunae in implementation remained. said a government officer,adding,The state government is trying to computerise the process of giving these clearances through an online system of Nivesh Mitra. However,in order to make this effective,time-bound delivery from all the departments is necessary and it could no longer be done in absence of a law.
Sources said despite strictness in the past one year,about 24 per cent of these clearances could not meet deadlines. Thus,it has been decided to bring a law on the lines of Public Service Guarantee Act. The law would aim at setting deadlines for clearances from the departments concerned,then there will be identification of first and second appellate authority to sort out grievances,and in case of failure of the officer concerned or grievance redressal officer to render the service within the set deadline,a penalty would be imposed.
According to the present plan,the government plans to propose different levels of penalty upto maximum of Rs 25,000 for delay in delivery of services to industries.
A high-level meeting under chairmanship of Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani has been called in the coming week to give a final shape to this draft. Which after clearance from the state cabinet would either be forwarded to the Governor in the form of an ordinance or brought before the Assembly in the form of a bill.