“The Maharashtra Government to list businesses that can start sans nod”

What may be the first of its kind, the Maharashtra government is all set to publish a list of sectors which do not require government permissions for start –ups or business enterprises.  The list is likely to be compiled and officially announced within a fortnight. The move comes after suggestions from delegates at a recent conference held earlier this month with World Bank officials and entrepreneurs, on the ease of doing business.  Officials felt this would remove misconceptions and confusion among people interested in start-ups and could be the first such innovative step by any state in the country.

An open door policy was recommended at the conference, which would allow investors to commence their business from day one of the company’s incorporation in India (subject to FDI limits on ownership). It was felt that many start-ups either needed no permission or could start operations much before completing any formalities. It was stated that if each government department came up with FAQ’s for every process, it would eliminate unnecessary human intervention.  This would ease business and eliminate many processes saving a lot of energy, time and money.

Up until now the government had a one window policy that eased foreign investment but now an open door policy was felt to be the need of the hour.

Maharashtra to Open Windows — Businesses which may not require permissions

  • Any type of consultancy such as real estate and taxation
  • Running a library from home
  • Home-made food service or bakery
  • Trainers for sports, dance, yoga, singing and cooking activities
  • IT-related services
  • Terrace farming
  • Event management, translation and publication
  • Jewelry, ornaments, precious stones and boutique
  • Tour management and guidance or offering home-stay
  • Delivery of grocery, flowers and vegetables
  • Automobile repairing
Excerpts from an article by Chittaranjan Tembhekar Times of India 15/05/2016

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