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Online click to boost industry

- Hassle-free system to seek clearances

Patna, Oct. 5: An online system would save interested entrepreneurs and investors from the hassle of running around departments to seek clearances to set up business in the state.

Udyog Mitra, a wing of the industries department, has been directed to facilitate between it and other departments to start an online system through which application forms regarding a particular investment proposal can be sent to the State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) for approval.

Earlier this week, several directions were issued to Udyog Mitra, launched in 2006, at its first general body meeting headed by principal secretary Afzal Amanullah.

“At present, any investor or entrepreneur interested in setting up an industry in the state has to go to the department. Many processes, including filling up of forms and approaching department officials, are involved. If the official is not at his seat or is on leave, the file has to wait. This is not a healthy sign for any investor, big or small. So the department had directed that this application filing process be made online to save investors from making rounds of the department office. The work regarding the same has been started and will be completed within a fortnight,” Anil Kumar Thakur, the chief executive officer of Udyog Mitra, told The Telegraph.

Interested investors can fill up the online application form on the Udyog Mitra website www.udyogmitrabihar.com. Sources said the SIPB website www.sipbbihar.com has got similar facility but it is cumbersome. The online application filling form will be simpler.

“Apart from this, there will be an online payment system too. One has to pay Rs 1,000 through demand draft for filling the application form. The Udyog Mitra website will have an online payment system and one would not have run to banks to get a demand draft made. Once online payment is made, the investor will get a tamper-proof receipt immediately. This would help investors and put an end to problems, which discourage investors at times,” Thakur said.

Once the online filling process is over, the investor will receive an acknowledgement text message. “Udyog Mitra is a bridge between the industries department and the other departments. If an industrialist has problems with other departments, we help them out. Senior department officials have asked us to speed up and source more hands for the same,” another official said.

Sources said a lot of investors came up with mostly small issues at the Udyami adalat on September 28 and accordingly, strict directions were issued to the department officials to solve them fast.

“There were industrialists whose money was stuck in some other department for years and they had been running from pillar to post to get the work done,” a source said.