The Indian government has launched its business platform in order to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and run businesses.
The platform, by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, gives access to Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) services and has an integrated payment gateway with the Central Bank of India.
The project will provide an integrated electronic services to investors, industries and businesses in the areas of information on forms & procedures, licenses, permits, registrations, approvals, clearances, permissions, reporting, filing, payments and compliances throughout the life-cycle of an industry or business entity.
According to a World Bank report, starting a business in India has become tougher due to difficulties in tasks like getting electricity, resolving insolvency issues and paying taxes.
With this platform launch a business user can fill the eForms online/offline, upload the form along with attachments, make payment and finally download the certificate/ approval/ clearance/ permit etc. after processing by the department.
The eBiz project is part of the National eGovernance Plan of the Government of India. The earlier phase of the eBiz portal, comprising information on forms and procedures, was launched in January 2013.
The first 3 years of the term would be the pilot phase, while the remaining 7 years will be the expansion phase. During the pilot phase, a total of 50 (26 central + 24 state) services are being implemented across five pilot states, which include Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and Tamilnadu.
The newly launched phase will also include the launch of a single window for the state of Andhra Pradesh and over the coming years, five additional States, namely Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will be brought under the project.
During the next 10 years, the portal plans to facilitate more than 200 services related to investors and businesses will be rolled-out across the country.