What are conditions for Food License ?

A food business operator must comply following conditions:

1. Form C ( License copy) must be displayed in a conspicuous location on the premises at all times.

2. Allowing Licensing Authorities to access the premises as needed.

3. Notify authorities of any changes or alterations to the license’s activity or content.

4. At least one technical expert should be hired to oversee the manufacturing process.

The person in charge of the production process must have at least a bachelor’s degree in science with chemistry, biochemistry, food and nutrition, or microbiology, or a bachelor’s degree or diploma in food technology, dairy technology, dairy microbiology, dairy chemistry, dairy engineering, oil technology, veterinary science, hotel management, and catering technology, or any other degree or diploma in any other discipline related to the business’s specific requirements from a recognized

5. Reporting : Submit a periodic yearly report (from April 1 to March 31) by May 31 of each year. Half-yearly returns for the collection, handling, and production of milk and milk products are also required (1st April to 31st September before 30th November and 1st October to 31st March).

6. Ensure that the unit does not create any products other than those listed in the license/registration.

7. Maintain factory sanitary and hygienic requirements, as well as worker hygiene, as stipulated in Schedule – 4 for the food industry category.

8. Separately keep track of production, raw material usage, and sales on a daily basis.

9.Ensure that the raw material source and standards are of the highest possible quality.

10. No Food Business Operator shall manufacture, store, expose for sale, or authorize the sale of any article of food in any premises that is not adequately isolated from any privy, urinal, sullage, drain, or place of storage of foul and waste matter to the satisfaction of the licensing authority.

11. Ensure Clean-In-Place systems (where applicable) for frequent machine and equipment cleaning.

12. Ensure that relevant chemical and/or microbiological contaminants in food products are tested as frequently as required in accordance with these regulations, based on historical data and risk assessment, to ensure the production and delivery of safe food, at least once every six months, through own or NABL accredited/FSSA notified labs.

13. Ensure that the proper temperature is maintained as much as feasible throughout the supply chain, including chilling, shipping, and storage, from the point of procurement or sourcing until it reaches the end customer.

14 Owners of hotels, restaurants, and other food stalls that sell or expose for sale savouries, sweets, or other food items must post a notice board with separate lists of the items cooked in ghee, edible oil, vanaspati, or other fats for the knowledge of potential buyers.

15. A notice board describing the nature of the items being exposed for sale must be displayed by a food business operator selling cooked or prepared meals.

16. Every manufacturer [including ghani operator] or wholesale dealer in butter, ghee, vanaspati, edible oils, Solvent extracted oil, de-oiled meal, edible flour, and any other fats shall keep a record of the quantity manufactured, received, or sold, the nature of the oil seed used, the quantity of de-oiled meal and edible flour used, and the destination of each consignment of the substances sent out from his factory or place of business.

Steps taken by Government to improve flow of credit to MSME sector (Press release dated 21st Dec 2021)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) vide circular dated 05.02.2021 and 05.05.2021, has allowed Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) to deduct the amount equivalent to credit disbursed to New Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), who have not availed any credit facilities from banking_system as on 01.01.2021, from their Net Demand and Time Liabilities (NDTL) for calculation of the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR). This was stated by Union Minister of State for Finance Dr Bhagwat Kisanrao Karad in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

The Minister stated that this exemption is available upto Rs 25 lakh per borrower, disbursed upto fortnight ending 31.12.2021, for a period of one year from date of origination of loan or the tenure of the loan, whichever is earlier.

The Minister listed out the measures taken by the Government for improving the flow of credit to MSME sector:

  1. The Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) was announced as part of the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Package with the objective to help MSMEs and business enterprises to meet their operational liabilities and resume businesses in view of the distress caused by the COVID-19 crisis, by providing Lending Institutions 100 per cent guarantee against any losses suffered by them due to non-repayment by borrowers. As informed by National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Limited, as on 10,12.2021, loans amounting to Rs. 3.09 lakh crore have been sanctioned under the Scheme.
  2. The psbloansin59minutes Portal was launched on 2nd November 2018 to facilitate in-principle approval of loans of up to Rs 1 crore (enhanced subsequently to Rs. 5 crore) to MSMEs without human intervention. As informed by SIDBI as on 30.11.2021, loans amounting to 79,285 crore were sanctioned on the portal.
  3. RBI operationalized TReDS in 2017 to solve the problem of delayed payments to MSMEs. TReDS is an electronic platform where receivables of MSMEs drawn against buyers (large corporates, PSUs, Government Departments, etc.) are financed through multiple financiers at competitive rates through an auction mechanism. As on 03.12.2021, 26.64 lakh invoices amounting to Rs 56,694.14 crore have been discounted since inception by the three entities on TReDS platform.
  4. Factoring transactions taking place through TReDS are eligible for classification under Priority Sector Lending (PSL). Further, loans sanctioned by banks to NBFC­ MFls and other MFls (Societies, trusts, etc.) which are members of RBI recognized SRO for the sector for on-lending to MSE sector, loans to registered NBFCs (other than MFls) for on-lending to MSMEs and bank finance to start-ups up to 50 crore also form a part of PSL. RBI has also permitted co-lending by Banks and NBFCs to Priority sector.
  5. Subordinate Debt scheme for Stressed MSMEs was approved on 01.06.2020. Under the scheme, banks provide promoters of stressed MSMEs with subordinate debt up to 15% of promoter’s stake or Rs. 75 lakh, whichever is lower to be infused as equity/quasi equity in the business.
  6. Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) scheme was launched on 08.04.2015 to provide access to institutional finance to unfunded Micro/Small business units with collateral free loans up to Rs 10 lakh for manufacturing, processing, trading, services and activities allied to agriculture and to help in creating income generating activities and employment.
  7. RBI had permitted one-time restructuring for MSME accounts vide circular dated 01.01.2019, 11.02.2020 and 06.08.2020. In view of the need to support the viable MSME entities on account of the fallout of COVID-19, it was decided to extend the facility for restructuring existing loans to MSMEs up to 50 crore classified as ‘standard’ without a downgrade in the asset classification subject to the conditions issued vide circular, dated 05.05.2021 and 04.06. 2021 on ‘Resolution Framework 2.0.
  8. For better transmission of monetary policy, RBI has advised banks to link all new floating rate loans to external benchmark for MSEs from 01.10.2019 and Medium enterprises from 01.04.2020.
  9. The Regulatory Retail Portfolio threshold to a single counterparty was increased from 5 crore to 7.5 crore enabling Banks to assign a lower risk weight of 75% to such exposure to MSME entities.

युवा उद्यमी हेनरी सिंगुरा ने मशरूम की खेती को एक सफल व्यावसायिक उद्यम के रूप में विकसित किया (Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises Press Release dated 10th Dec 2021)

मिजोरम के श्री हेनरी सिंगुरा ने मशरूम की खेती को एक सफल व्यावसायिक उद्यम के रूप में विकसित किया है और अपने क्षेत्र के युवाओं को रोजगार के नए अवसर प्रदान किए हैं। हेनरी हमेशा से ही अपने आस – पास के लोगों के लिए कुछ करने की इच्छा रखते थे इसलिए उन्होंने वर्ष 2019 में फूड माइक्रो लैब की स्थापना की। सूक्ष्म, लघु एवं मध्यम उद्यम मंत्रालय की प्रधानमंत्री रोजगार सृजन कार्यक्रम (पीएमईजीपी) योजना ने उनके उद्यम को सफल बनाने में प्रमुख भूमिका निभाई है। हेनरी ने बताया है कि मिजोरम में मशरूम की खेती आमदनी का एक मुख्य स्रोत है। एक स्टार्टअप होने की वजह से धन का प्रबंधन करना हमारे सामने आने वाली प्रमुख समस्याओं में से एक थी। पीएमईजीपी योजना के तहत हमें ऋण और 35 फीसदी सब्सिडी मिली। इससे हमारे स्टार्टअप को काफी सहायता मिली है।

Choose road to success with Ministry of MSME like Henry did.#MSME #SCSTHUB #KVIC #NSIC #NSSH@NSICLTD @minmsme @kvicindia @IndianCoir pic.twitter.com/kcntLYmnVl— Ministry of MSME (@minmsme) December 10, 2021

हेनरी आज एक सफल उद्यमी के रूप में कार्य कर रहे हैं और अन्य लोगों को भी मशरूम की खेती करने का प्रशिक्षण दे रहे हैं। हेनरी की शुरुआती चुनौती थी अपने स्टार्टअप के लिए धन की व्यवस्था करना और इसके लिए उन्हें #पीएमईजीपी योजना के तहत #मिनिस्ट्रीऑफ़एमएसएमई का सहयोग मिला।

Revival of Exports (Press release dated 10th Dec 2021)

There are signs of revival of exports of the country. India’s overall exports (merchandise and services) has increased by 39.74% in 2021-22 (April-October) as compared to the corresponding period of previous year.

In order to boost India’s exports, the Government has taken several measures which include:

  1. The mid-term review (2017) of the Foreign Trade Policy (2015-20) was carried out and corrective measures were undertaken.
  2. Foreign Trade Policy (2015-20) extended by one year i.e. upto 31-3-2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
  3. Assistance provided through several schemes to promote exports, namely, Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) and Market Access Initiatives (MAI) Scheme. 
  4. A Central Sector Scheme –‘Transport and Marketing Assistance for Specified Agriculture Products’–for providing assistance for the international component of freight to mitigate the freight disadvantage for the export of agriculture products.
  5. Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) scheme and Rebate of State and Central Levies and Taxes (RoSCTL) Scheme have been launched with effect from 01.01.2021.
  6. Common Digital Platform for Certificate of Origin has been launched to facilitate trade and increase FTA utilization by exporters.
  7. Promoting and diversifying services exports by pursuing specific action plans for the 12 Champion Services Sectors.
  8. Promoting districts as export hubs by identifying products with export potential in each district, addressing bottlenecks for exporting these products and supporting local exporters/manufacturers to generate employment in the district.
  9. Active role of Indian missions abroad towards promoting India’s trade, tourism, technology and investment goals has been enhanced.
  10. Package announced in light of the Covidpandemic to support domestic industry through various banking and financial sector relief measures, especially for MSMEs, which constitute a major share in exports.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Smt. Anupriya Patel, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

Startups (Ministry of Commerce & Industry Press Release dated 08th Dec 2021)

To promote startups across all the State/UTs, Government of India has launched Startup India initiative in 2016. This initiative aims at building a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country. In order to meet the objectives of the initiative, Government has launched various programmes to promote Startups across the country are as below:

  1. Startup India Action Plan: An Action Plan for Startup India was unveiled on 16th January 2016. The Action Plan comprises of 19 action items spanning across areas such as “Simplification and handholding”, “Funding support and incentives” and “Industry-academia partnership and incubation”. The Action Plan laid the foundation of Government support, schemes and incentives envisaged to create a vibrant startup ecosystem in the country.
  2. Startup India: The Way Ahead: Startup India: The Way Ahead at 5 years celebration of Startup India was unveiled on 16th January 2021 which includes actionable plans for promotion of ease of doing business for startups, greater role of technology in executing various reforms, building capacities of stakeholders and enabling a digital Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
  3. Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS): Easy availability of capital is essential for entrepreneurs at the early stages of growth of an enterprise. The capital required at this stage often presents a make or break situation for startups with good business ideas. The Scheme aims to provide financial assistance to startups for proof of concept, prototype development, product trials, market entry and commercialization. Rs. 945 crore has been sanctioned under the SISFS Scheme for period of 4 years starting from 2021-22. It will support an estimated 3,600 entrepreneurs through 300 incubators in the next 4 years.
  4. Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS) Scheme: The Government has established FFS with corpus of Rs. 10,000 crore, to meet the funding needs of startups. DPIIT is the monitoring agency and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is the operating agency for FFS. The total corpus of Rs. 10,000 crore is envisaged to be provided over the 14th and 15th Finance Commission cycles based on progress of the scheme and availability of funds. It has not only made capital available for startups at early stage, seed stage and growth stage but also played a catalytic role in terms of facilitating raising of domestic capital, reducing dependence on foreign capital and encouraging home grown and new venture capital funds.
  5. Ease of Procurement: To enable ease of procurement, Central Ministries/ Departments are directed to relax conditions of prior turnover and prior experience in public procurement for all Startups subject to meeting quality and technical specifications. Further, Government e-Marketplace (GeM) Startup Runway; a dedicated corner for startups to sell products & services directly to the Government.
  6. Self-Certification under Labour and Environmental laws: Startups are allowed to self-certify their compliance under 6 Labour and 3 Environment laws for a period of 3 to 5 years from the date of incorporatio
  7. .Income Tax Exemption for 3 years: Startups incorporated on or after 1st April 2016 can apply for income tax exemption. The recognised startups that are granted an Inter-Ministerial Board Certificate are exempted from income-tax for a period of 3 consecutive years out of 10 years since incorporation.
  8. Exemption for the Purpose Of Clause (VII)(b) of Sub-section (2) of Section 56 of the Act: A DPIIT recognized startup is eligible for exemption from the provisions of section 56(2)(viib) of the Income Tax Act.
  9. Startup India Hub: The Government launched a Startup India Online Hub on 19th June 2017 which is one of its kind online platform for all stakeholders of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India to discover, connect and engage with each other. The Online Hub hosts Startups, Investors, Funds, Mentors, Academic Institutions, Incubators, Accelerators, Corporates, Government Bodies and more.
  10. National Startup Awards: National Startup Awards is an initiative to recognize and reward outstanding startups and ecosystem enablers that are building innovative products or solutions and scalable enterprises, with high potential of employment generation or wealth creation, demonstrating measurable social impact.
  11. International Access to Indian Startups: One of the key objectives under the Startup India initiative is to help connect Indian startup ecosystem to global startup ecosystems through various engagement models. This has been done though international Government to Government partnerships, participation in international forums and hosting of global events. Startup India has launched bridges with over 11 countries (Brazil, Sweden, Russia, Portugal, UK, Finland, Netherlands, Singapore, Israel, Japan, South Korea) that provides a soft-landing platform for startups from the partner nations and aid in promoting cross collaboration.
  12. Support for Intellectual Property Protection: Startups are eligible for fast-tracked patent application examination and disposal. The Government launched Start-ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP) which facilitates the startups to file applications for patents, designs and trademarks through registered facilitators in appropriate IP offices by paying only the statutory fees. Facilitators under this Scheme are responsible for providing general advisory on diff­erent IPRs, and information on protecting and promoting IPRs in other countries. The Government bears the entire fees of the facilitators for any number of patents, trademark or designs, and startups only bear the cost of the statutory fees payable. Startups are provided with an 80% rebate in filing of patents and 50% rebate in filling of trademark vis-a-vis other companies.
  13. Faster Exit for Startups: Ministry of Corporate A­ffairs has notified Startups as ‘fast track firms’ enabling them to wind up operations within 90 days vis-a-vis 180 days for other companies.

The Government of India as part of Startup India initiative has implemented Fund of Funds for Startups Scheme and Startup India Seed Fund Scheme to provide financial assistance through Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) and incubators.

Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS) Scheme: A corpus of Rs. 10,000 crore has been sanctioned under the FFS Scheme, spread over 14th and 15th Finance Commission cycles. FFS Scheme does not directly provide financial assistance to startups, instead supports SEBI-registered Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs), who in turn invest money in growing Indian startups through equity and equity-linked instruments. AIFs supported under FFS are required to invest at least two times of the amount committed under FFS in startups

Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS): Rs. 945 crore has been sanctioned under the SISF Scheme for period of 4 years starting from 2021-22. 40% of total approved commitment is released as part of first installment to a selected incubator. Subsequent installments are released based on submission of proof of achievement of milestones.

Promoting women entrepreneurship has been a key national agenda for the Government. Out of the 58,000+ DPIIT recognised startups, 46% of them have at-least one-woman director. Further, under Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS), as on 06th December, 2021, 55 women-led startups have been sanctioned financial assistance.

Furthermore, under Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS) Scheme, as on 6th December, 2021, for 83 women led Startups, Rs. 1046.05 crore has been invested by the AIFs supported under the FFS Scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Shri SomParkash, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

Single Window System (Ministry of Commerce & Industry Press Release 08th Dec 2021)

While presenting Budget 2020-21, Finance Minister announced plans to set up an Investment Clearance Cell (ICC) that will provide “end to end” facilitation and support to investors, including pre-investment advisory, provide information related to land banks and facilitate clearances at Centre and State level. The cell was proposed to operate through an online digital portal.

Subsequently, as per the mandate, DPIIT along with Invest India initiated the process of developing the portal as a National Single Window System (NSWS). Envisioned as a one-stop for taking all the regulatory approvals and services in the country, NSWS [www.nsws.gov.in] was soft-launched on 22nd September, 2021 by Commerce & Industry Minister.

This national portal integrates the existing clearance systems of various Ministries/ Departments of Government of India and State Governments without disruption to their existing IT portals.

Currently, approvals of 19 Ministries/ Departments and 10 States Single Window Systems have been on-boarded on the NSWS Portal. List of the onboarded Ministries/ Departments and States is as below:

Ministries/ Departments integrated with NSWS:

  1. M/o Corporate Affairs
  2. M/o Environment, Forest & Climate Change
  3. M/o Labour& Employment
  4. D/o Food & Public Distribution
  5. D/o Consumer Affairs
  6. M/o Health & Family Welfare (FSSAI & CDSCO)
  7. D/o Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade
  8. D/o Commerce
  9. D/o Telecommunications
  10. M/o Information & Broadcasting
  11. M/o Power
  12. M/o Railways
  13. D/o Biotechnology
  14. D/o Revenue
  15. M/o Civil Aviation
  16. M/o Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
  17. D/o Fisheries
  18. M/o Textiles
  19. M/o Petroleum and Natural Gas

States integrated with NSWS:

  1. Goa
  2. Gujarat
  3. Himachal Pradesh
  4. Odisha
  5. Uttar Pradesh
  6. Uttarakhand
  7. Punjab
  8. Karnataka
  9. Andhra Pradesh
  10. Telangana

The Know Your Approvals (KYA) Module is an information wizard which guides investors to identify an indicative list of requisite pre-operations approvals/ licenses applicable. This is facilitated by answering a series of questions which gets populated basis the information provided by the investor in the previous question. Post submission of the KYA questionnaire, the investors are able to view an indicative list of licenses pertaining to the Central/ State Governments that are applicable to them. The investors are also guided on these questions and their applicability/ purpose by an Information Toolbox. This is to enhance the ease of user experience and eliminate information asymmetry on this module.

The KYA service is live on NSWS with 544 approvals across concerned 32 Central Ministries/ Departments and 2715 approvals across 14 States. Total 3259 approvals are listed.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Shri SomParkash, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

Collaboration with Foreign Companies under Atmanirbhar Bharat (Ministry of Commerce & Industry Press Release dated 08th Dec 2021)

The Government announced Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan – a special economic package of Rs20  lakh crore on 12.05.2020 with the aim of making the country self-reliant and to focus on local manufacturing. It focuses on preparing the country for tough competition in global supply chains, enhance the ease of doing business, empower MSMEs, attract investments including FDI and strengthen the policies for Make in India. The package comprises of several long-term Scheme/Programmes intended to make the country self-reliant. These Schemes/Programmes are being implemented by various Ministries/Department.

Government has taken a number of effective measures to make the country self-reliant. Some the key measures are: special economic and comprehensive package of Rs. 29.87 lakh crore, 34.5 percent increase in capital expenditure in Union Budget 2021-22, and relief Package of Rs. 6.29 lakh crore in June, 2021, Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme with an outlay of Rs. 1.97 Lakh Crore for 13 key sectors, Rs. 3 Lakh Crore Emergency Working Capital Facility for Businesses, including MSMEs, Rs. 45,000 crore Partial credit guarantee Scheme 2.0 for Liabilities of NBFCs/MFIs , Rs. 1 lakh crore Agri Infrastructure Fund for farm-gate infrastructure for farmers, launch of the PM GatiShaki – a National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity, reducing compliance burden on citizen and business to simplify, decriminalize & remove redundant laws, a liberal and transparent policy for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), launch of the National Single Window System (NSWS) as a one-stop for taking all the regulatory approvals and services in the country, building a strong eco-system for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country with the help of schemes such as Fund of Funds for Startups Scheme (FFS), and Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS) schemes, achieving integration of India Industrial National Land Bank (GIS Land Bank) in states and Make in India for world.

No Global tenders are invited for Government tenders of uptoRs. 200 crore.  Beyond Rs. 200 crore, work by various central Ministries/Departments are undertaken based on merits of the proposal submitted by companies.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Shri SomParkash, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

‘Make In India’ Project (Ministry of Commerce & Industry Press release dated 08 Dec 2021)

‘Make in India’ is an initiative which was launched on 25th September, 2014 to facilitate investment, foster innovation, build best in class infrastructure, and make India a hub for manufacturing, design, and innovation. It is one of the unique ‘Vocal for Local’ initiatives that promoted India’s manufacturing domain to the world. The ‘Make in India’ initiative is not a State/ district/ city / area specific initiative, rather it is being implemented all over the country.

‘Make in India’ initiative has significant achievements and presently focuses on 27 sectors under Make in India 2.0. Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is coordinating action plans for 15 manufacturing sectors, while Department of Commerce is coordinating 12 service sector plans.

The Government of India is making continuous efforts under Investment Facilitation, including financial assistance to Invest India, for implementation of Make in India action plans to identify potential investors. Support is being provided to Indian Missions abroad and State Governments for organizing events, summits, road-shows and other promotional activities to attract investment in the country under the Make in India banner.

Investment Outreach activities are being carried out for enhancing International co-operation for promoting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and to improve Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) in the country. Steps taken to improve Ease of Doing Business include simplification and rationalization of existing processes. As a result of the measures taken to improve the country’s investment climate, India jumped to 63rd place in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking as per World Bank’s Doing Business Report (DBR) 2020 from a rank of 142 in 2014.

DPIIT, in consultation with the State Governments, has also started a comprehensive reform exercise in States and UTs in December 2014. Under Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP), all States/UTs in the country are ranked on the basis of reforms implemented by them on designated parameters. This exercise has helped in improving business environment across States.

Measures taken by the Government on FDI Policy reforms have resulted in increased FDI inflows in the country year after year. India registered its highest ever annual FDI inflow of US$ 81.97 billion (provisional figures) in the financial year 2020-21 despite the COVID related disruptions. These trends in India’s FDI are an endorsement of its status as a preferred investment destination amongst global investors. In the last seven financial years (2014-21), India has received FDI inflow worth US$ 440.27 billion which is nearly 58 percent of the FDI reported in the last 21 years (US$ 763.83 billion).

Government has taken various other steps in addition to ongoing schemes to boost domestic and foreign investments in India. These include improving the Ease of Doing Business, Reduction in Compliance Burden, the National Infrastructure Pipeline, Reduction in Corporate Tax, Easing liquidity problems of NBFCs and Banks, Policy measures to boost domestic manufacturing through Public Procurement Orders, Phased Manufacturing Programme (PMP), Schemes for Production Linked Incentives (PLI) of various Ministries, India Industrial Land Bank, Industrial Park Rating System etc. With the announcement of PLI Schemes, significant creation of production, employment, and economic growth is expected over the next 5 years and more.

Besides the above, activities under the initiative are also undertaken through schemes/ programmes, by several Central Government Ministries/ Departments and various State Governments from time to time. The details of these measures are not centrally maintained by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Shri SomParkash, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

Assistance for Food Processing Industries (Ministry of Food Processing Industries Press Release dated 30 Nov 2021)

In order to ensure overall development of Food Processing Industries in the country including to deal with challenges arising out of COVID-19, Ministry Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has undertaken a number of initiatives as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Initiative, which includes –

  1. Centrally Sponsored -PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme (PMFME) for providing financial, technical and business support for setting up/upgradation of 2 lakh micro food processing enterprises across the country during five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25 based on One District One Product (ODOP) approach with an outlay of Rs.10,000 crore.
  2. The expansion in scope of “Operation Greens scheme” under Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana from Tomato, Onion & Potato (TOP) from Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) to all notified fruits & vegetables (TOTAL).
  3. Production Linked Incentive scheme (PLIS) for Food Processing Sector with an outlay of Rs 10,900 Crore to support creation of global food manufacturing champions and support Indian brands of food products in international market.

Union Home Secretary, vide Order No 40-3 / 2020- DM –I (A) dated15thApril, 2020 dated, addressed to all Chief Secretaries/Administrators of States/ Union Territories, exempted Food Processing Industries in rural areas, apart from various agriculture and related activities from lockdown restrictions, subject to adherence of prescribed COVID norms. In order to facilitate food processing units resume their operations, MoFPI had established a dedicated Grievance Cell and a Task Force during initial phase of outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic itself to liaison with state authorities. A total of 585 industry related issues were resolved during the COVID lockdown period in 2020 by the Cell.

This information was given by Minister of State for M/o Food Processing Industries, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Lok Sabha today

National Single Window System, Portal now hosts approvals across 18 Central Departments and another 14 Central Dept. & 5 States will be added by December’21 (Ministry of Commerce & Industry Press Release dated 27 Nov 2021)

National Single Window System, Portal now hosts approvals across 18 Central Departments and another 14 Central Dept. & 5 States will be added by December’21.” -Shri Piyush Goyal

Industrial Land Bank now Integrated with GIS systems of 17 states, the ILB has a database of more than 4,000 industrial parks mapped across an area of 5.5 lakh hectare of Land– Shri Goyal

New India will be powered by Aatmanirbhar Bharat & Ease of Doing Business, says Shri Piyush Goyal

“Government’s 5 ‘Is’ approach to make India self-reliant: Intent, Inclusion, Innovation, Infrastructure & Investment”

“Ideate in India, Innovate in India & Make in India – For the World”, Minister’s message to Industry

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal has said we have to find new ways of financing infrastructure. Addressing the CII National Conference on ‘Ease of Doing Business for Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Shri Goyal said a New India will be powered by Aatmanirbhar Bharat & Ease of Doing Business (EoDB).

“The very fact that the Prime Minister spoke of going into the Top 50 just changed the way all of us looked at, – government and industry,” adding, “The Prime Minister is already edging us, – 50 was an initial target I set in the first term, now you have to be more ambitious, – you should be in the Top 25!” said Shri Goyal.

Noting that the Top 40 countries are “very highly Developed countries, Shri Goyal pointed out “piercing that curtain and then doing better than them is a Big Challenge!” “So! That’s what we are here for!” said Shri Goyal, quoting the Prime Minister.

Shri Goyal listed out the Government’s 5 ‘Is’ (Intent, Inclusion, Innovation, Infrastructure & Investment) approach to make India self-reliant. “Believe me! The most Developed countries and some of the countries who are currently on a fast trajectory of growth, if you study their growth story, you will find it one of their biggest pillars of growth story is Innovation! There are new ideas, new ways of doing things,” he said.

Quoting the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Goyal said the ultimate aim of EoDB reforms is to achieve Ease of Living for citizens. “I think, today India means Business and the world recognizes that. With political stability, policy continuity, pro-growth & pro-business thinking in the Government and in our young entrepreneurs and the Startups, in our traditional businesses, this is the time to really go for it.”

Shri Goyal said the Government is undertaking five structural reforms for EoDB:

1. National Single Window System, – a one-stop-shop for approvals & clearances needed by investors & businesses. It includes Know Your Approval, Common Registration Form, Document repository, etc. Portal hosts approvals across 18 Central Departments & 9 States. Shri Urging all the industry stakeholders to use the NSWS and give feedback & suggestions, Goyal said, “Further, another 14 Central Dept. & 5 States will be added by December’21, but our ambition is much, much more.”

2. Industrial Land Bank, – a GIS-based portal, serving as a one-stop repository of all industrial infrastructure related information. Integrated with GIS systems of 17 states, the ILB has a database of more than 4,000 industrial parks mapped across an area of 5.5 lakh hectare of Land. “You will be amazed, Ladies & Gentlemen, there’s 1 lakh ha of land available for industry, for business across the country,” said Shri Goyal.

3. Regulatory Compliance Portal, – it’s a real-time dashboard under direct monitoring of the Cabinet Secretary to track progress. States & UTs have eliminated burdensome compliance by removal of unnecessary licenses, permissions, rationalization of renewals, self-regulation and self- certification should be the way forward.

4. State Reforms Action Plan (SRAP), – Centre working with the states trying to promote healthy competition in a spirit of cooperative federalism among states & led to digitization of procedures. Shri Goyal said, a 301-point State Reforms Action Plan, 2020 has been shared with the States/UTs covering 15 reform areas.

5. PM Gati Shakti, – launched to build next-Gen infrastructure, the Gati Shakti portal provides multimodal connectivity to ensure integrated & seamless connectivity. Underlining that Gati Shakti will break departmental silos & institutionalize holistic planning, Shri Goyal said all Departments will now have visibility of each other’s projects through a centralized portal.

Shri Goyal said our Industry will have to lead the way in India’s endeavour to become Aatmanirbhar. “I would like to emphasis on 4 points for enhanced industry contribution,” he said.

1. For Indian Inc to be the best, need to have a greater appetite for taking risks.

2. “Holistic solution” to commercial disputes problems.

3. Need to “Look beyond cost” for building a “Resilient Ecosystem”.

4. Greater focus on Innovation, Sustainability and “Brand India”.

Making a quote, “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you are actively looking for it”, Shri Goyal said India today is the new land of opportunities, inviting the world to “Ideate in India, Innovate in India & Make in India – For the World.”