Indian government has announced the launch of eBiz.gov.in, an online portal that aims at bettering the ease of doing business in India. The portal is a hub for business interactions with the government.
The portal currently offers access to 11 government services and will scale up to reach 26 services accessible 24×7 on the website.
The services available currently on the portal include four from the corporate affairs ministry – name availability, director identification number, certificate of incorporation and commencement of business, two from CBDT – issue of PAN and of tax deduction account number , two from RBI – advanced foreign remittance and foreign collaboration general permission route, one from EPFO – employer registration, Petroleum, one from Explosives Safety Organization – issue of explosive license, and one from DGFT- importer exporter code license.
The services can be used only after registering on the website through a two step process. The first step is to register as an individual to receive the login credentials while the second step is to register the business to avail eBiz services.
eBiz is integrated with an electronic payment gateway. Users can make payment towards the services online using net banking facilities or offline payment, after generating challan on eBiz portal, from any ‘Central Bank of India’ branch. Also the status of the applications can be viewed online on the website.
The service has been developed by Infosys in partnership with the Indian Government and is conceptualized with support from the National Institute of Smart Government.
World Bank Data had put India 142nd among 189 countries in terms of ease of doing business. The NaMo government has been in constant efforts to put India at a better position on the list with the Make In India campaign and the various initiatives and regulatory reforms introduced over the past few months.
The G2B eBiz portal aims to ease the various procedures involved under setting up a business in India. According World Bank Data last year, India had some of the worst rankings on the list with 184th in the category of “Dealing with Construction Permits,” and 186th in “Enforcing Contracts.” Parameters measured in Mumbai also indicate that it required 13 procedures to start a business, and it took 30 days to accomplish this, compared to an average of 4.8 procedures and 9.2 days in advanced economies.
The complete data on India’s Ease of doing business can be found here.
NaMo’s Digital India is also connecting the lengths and breadths of the country with internet connectivity. Combined with simple steps and facilities to ease setting up business through the eBiz portal, there is hope that India would jump a few ranks higher up on the next Ease of Doing Business report. NaMo government’s vision is to bring India among the top 50 countries in regard to ease of doing business.