E-book of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion on Good Governance

3 Year Achievements


GDP Growth

As per the Provisional Estimates, the real GDP or Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at constant (2011-12) prices in 2016-17 registered growth rate of 7.1%. The growth during 2015-16 and 2014-15 was 8.0% and 7.5% respectively.

Manufacturing Gross Value Added (GVA) registered growth of 7.9% in 2016-17 and overall Industry GVA (comprising mining & quarrying, Manufacturing, Electricity, gas, water supply and other utility services and Construction) registered growth of 5.6%.

    Growth of GDP (in %)

* Source: Central Statistical Office, Government of India

Index of Industrial Production (IIP)

The Index of Industrial Production (IIP), a short term indicator for industrial performance, comprising Mining, Manufacturing and Electricity sectors registered growth of 4.6% in 2016-17 which is higher as compared to 3.3% in 2015-16 and 4.0% in 2014-15. Manufacturing sector grew at the rate of 4.4% in 2016-17 in comparison to 2.8% in 2015-16 and 3.8% in 2014-15. Mining and Electricity sectors registered growth of 5.3% and 5.8% in 2016-17 as compared to 4.3% and 5.7% in 2015-16 respectively. During the first quarter (April-June) of 2017-18, IIP grew at the rate of 2.0% compared to 7.1% in the corresponding period of 2016-17.

Sectoral Growth Rates of IIP, in %
(New series with Base year 2011-12)

Index of Core Industries (ICI)

The Eight Core Industries which include, Coal, Crude oil, Natural Gas, Refinery products, Fertilizers, Steel, Cement and Electricity comprise nearly 40.27% of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production. The Index of Eight Core Industries (ICI) [Base 2011-12] registered growth of 4.8% in 2016-17 as compared to the growth of 3.0% in 2015-16 and 4.9% in 2014-15. In July, 2017, Index of Eight Core Industries grew by 2.4%.

During 2016-17, Steel production registered double digit growth (10.7%). Other sectors which registered positive growth are Electricity generation (5.8%), Refinery products (4.9%), Coal (3.2%) and Fertilizers (0.2%). The production of Crude Oil and Natural Gas and Cement registered negative growth during this period.

    Growth of Index of Eight Core Industries (in %)    

* Office of the Economic Adviser, Government of India

WPI – Inflation

Base year of Wholesale Price Index (WPI) and Index of Industrial Production (IIP) has been revised from 2004-05 to 2011-12 on 12th May, 2017. The Press Release may be accessed here:

1) WPI Press Release; 2) IIP Press Release.

Further, in line with the new base of IIP, the base year of Index of Eight Core Industries has also been revised from 2004-05 to 2011-12.


The annual rate of inflation based on WPI (as per the new base 2011-12) decreased from 1.24 % in 2014-15 to -3.69% in 2015-16 and increased to 1.73% in 2016-17 (Final) and further increased to 2.21% in 2017-18 (provisional). After remaining in the negative zone for straight twenty months, the inflation has been in the positive since July 2016. For July 2017, the inflation based on WPI for all commodities stood at 1.88%.

Inflation based on WPI (%)

* Data is Provisional
Source: Office of the Economic Adviser, Government of India


Launched in September 2014, it is a national effort towards making India an important investment destination and a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation. A comprehensive overhaul of out-dated processes and policies.

The “Make in India” initiative is based on four pillars, which have been identified to give boost to entrepreneurship in India, not only in manufacturing but also other sectors.


The four pillars of Make in India

New Processes

Directed to de-license and de-regulate industry during the life cycle of a business. To improve the ease  with which business is begun, established and sustained in the country.

New Infrastructure

Strong infrastructure is the foundation for growing industrial and manufacturing activities in the economy. Strengthening of physical and digital connectivity, unhindered supply of utilities , smart cities, industrial clusters  are envisaged to support economic activity in the country. The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) has been set up to  infuse equity capital in the infrastructure finance companies, to revive cash strapped  stalled projects and incentivise green field investments.

New Sectors

Identify sectors with untapped potential  for value addition, employment generation, technology upgradation and provide  focussed thrust to develop these sectors.

New Mindset

It represents a change of the Government’s mindset – paradigm shift from ‘issuing authority’ to ‘partnering in business’.  Approach of a facilitator and not a regulator by ensuring a continuous dialogue with industry to create an environment conducive for business in the country.

Social Buzz

Thrust Sectors

According to felt need and assessment of competitiveness of sectors concerned, 25 thrust sectors including manufacturing as well as relevant infrastructure and service sectors have been identified, spanning a number of Administrative Ministries and Departments.

Make in India Action Points

  • A National Workshop was held on 29th December 2014 with the Ministries/Departments and State Governments to draw up a Plan of Action in the short and medium term for creating an enabling framework for stimulating investments in manufacturing.
  • A total of 122 (Short term and Medium Term) Action Points , across 21 sectors are monitored through the online dashboard. The sectors are: (i) Aerospace & Defence (ii) Aviation, (iii) Basic Metals & Cement, (iv) Biotechnology, (v) Capital Goods and Automotive, (vi)Chemicals and Petrochemicals, (vii) Food Processing, (viii) Pharmaceuticals, (ix) Gems & Jewellery, (x) ICTE Manufacturing, (xi) Leather and Leather Products, (xii) Media & Entertainment, (xiii) MSME, (xiv) New & renewable energy, (xv) Oil & Gas, (xvi) Power, (xvii) Railways, (xviii) Ports and Shipping, (xix) Skill Development,(xx) Textiles & Apparel and (xxi) Tourism.
  • These points are being proactively monitored through online dashboard (inaugurated on 8th April 2016) developed to track the progress of the Action Plans.

Hannover Messe, 2015

India participated as partner country in Hannover Messe Fair, 2015 organized in Germany during 12-17 April, 2015. During India’s participation the Core theme of Make in India was showcased and German as well as Companies from other countries were invited to make India their manufacturing base.

    Make in India in Hanover Messe    

Over 350 Indian Companies, 120 Indian CEO’s, 14 States of India participated this year at Hannover Messe. The fair was inaugurated jointly by the Prime Minister of India and Chancellor of Germany.

Make in India Week, 2016

Make in India week was organized from 13th -18th February 2O16 in Mumbai, showcasing the potential of design, innovation and sustainability across India’s manufacturing sectors in the coming decade. The week sparked a renewed sense of pride in India’s manufacturing – and took corporate and public participation to the next level.

‘Make in India is the biggest brand India has ever created’ – watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the occasion of the launch of the Make In India week, Mumbai, 13th Feb 2016


World Ranking


India was ranked 142 (revised later to 134) in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report, 2015 (DBR, 2015) which has improved to 130 as per the Doing Business Report, 2017 (DBR, 2017) released on 25th October, 2016.

The report ranks countries on the basis of Distance to Frontier, an absolute score that measures the gap between India and the global best practice on 10 specified indicators. India’s absolute score has improved from 53.93 in DBR, 2016 and further to 55.27 in DBR, 2017.

Progress in Ease of Doing Business


  • All business & investment related regulatory services to be available on a single portal.
  • Services integrated so far :

    –24 services of Central Government

    –14 services of Andhra Pradesh & 15 services of Odisha

    –2 services of Govt. of NCT of Delhi

  • The portal is also offering three joined-up (L3) services named INC7 with 5 services, INC29 with 7 services and 5 services under Labour Act of Ministry of Labour & Employment.
  • eBiz has also been migrated to Open Source System (OSS) platform with the formal launch on 16 January 2017. The new platform currently provides 2 services of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, 3 services of Reserve Bank of India, 2 services of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, one service of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation and 15 services of Govt. of Odisha.


Ease of Doing Business Achievements

Incorporation of Company

–SPICe form notified as sole application form for incorporation of companies (w.e.f., from 01.01.2017).
–Fee for filing incorporation form reduced from ₹2000/- to ₹500.
–PAN and TAN now integrated with SPICe.
–The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2015 has removed requirements of minimum paid-up capital and common seal for companies and simplified other regulatory requirements.

Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)

–Registration fully online.

–Online deposit of contributions.

–Requirement of opening bank account not mandatory condition for registration.

–Returns unified and available on “Shram Suvidha” portal.

Industrial Licence (IL) and Industrial Entrepreneur Memorandum (IEM)

–Process of applying made online & service available 24X7 basis at eBiz website.
–Application Forms simplified.
–Initial validity period of IL increased from 2 years to 3 years and extension of validity from five years to seven years.
–Guidelines issued to streamline the processing of applications for grant of extension of validity of IL.
–Partial commencement of production is treated as commencement of production of all the items included in the license.
–Remaining 20 items de-reserved from the List of items reserved for exclusive manufacture in SSI Sector.

National Industrial Classification (NIC) 2008

–The classification has been adopted

–Sector Specific FDI Policy mapped with NIC 2008

Trading Across Borders

–Customs Electronic Commerce Interchange Gateway (ICEGATE) portal launched and Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT) (online single window for clearance of goods) launched on the ICEGATE portal by integrating 6 other Departments.

–Customs’ risk management system has been extended to other regulatory agencies to ensure risk- based inspection.

–Mandatory documents required for export and imports reduced to three.

–Filing of import and export declarations and manifests made online with digital signature.

–Customs’ Clearance Facilitation Committee set up at every major customs seaport and airport at Central level.

–Customs 24×7 clearances now available on 19 sea ports and 17 Air Cargo ports.

–KYC norms with regard to consignments imported by individual relaxed.

–Facility of deferred payment for select category of importers and exporters introduced.

Enforcing Contracts

–The Arbitration and Conciliation Act amended to reduce the time taken in arbitration proceedings and grounds on which an award may be challenged.

–National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) opened to general public on 19th September, 2015. NJDG is a national data warehouse for case data including case registration, cause list, case status and orders/judgments of courts across the country till District Level Courts.

–The following reports can be generated on the NJDG: (i) Time to Disposition Report (ii) Age of pending cases report (iii) Single case progress report.

–Request for data correction: According to Order 17 Rule 1 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 an adjournment can only be granted in exceptional circumstances. According to proviso (b) of Rule 1, “no adjournment shall be granted at the request of a party, except where the circumstances are beyond the control of that party”.

–Financial Incentives such as refund of court fees are available for the parties to attempt resolution of disputes through mediation/conciliation under section 16 the Court Fees Act 1870.

Getting Credit

–The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has amended the Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (Central Registry) Amendment Rules, 2016. 

  • “Security interest in immovable property by mortgage other than deposit of title deeds”
  • “Security interest in hypothecation of plant and machinery, stocks, debt including book debt or receivables”; “security interest in intangible assets, being know-how, patent, copyright, trademark or any other business or commercial right of similar nature” and
  • “Security interest in any under construction residential or commercial building or a part thereof”

Environment & Forest Clearances

–No environment clearance required for 36 white industries.

–Mine prospecting projects exempted from the requirement of compensatory afforestation and Forest Rights Act (FRA) certificate for grant of forest clearance.

–No site inspection is required for mine prospecting projects on forestland for less than 100 ha. for construction of new roads/drilling of bore hole/ sample collection pits.

–Validity of Environment Clearance increased from 5 years to 7 years.

–Online submission of applications for environment/forest/wildlife clearances .

–The competent authorities in the state government have been delegated powers to issue permission for tree felling and commencement of work for a period of one year of linear projects without waiting for final approval under the Forest Conservation Act.

“Shram Suvidha” Portal

–Launched by Ministry of Labour and Employment.

–Single unified portal for Registration of Units for LIN, reporting of inspection, submission of returns and grievance redressal.

Resolving Insolvency

–National Company Law Tribunal and National Company Appellate Law Tribunal has been operationalized.

–Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India notified liquidation norms on 15th December, 2016 under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

–The Corporate Insolvency Resolution provisions notified on 30th November, 2016 to implement the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

–Regulations for Insolvency Professionals notified on 23rd November, 2016 for implementing the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

–Regulations for Insolvency Professionals Agency have been notified on 21st November, 2016.

Initiatives by States

–Registration process of VAT and Professional tax merged into a single process with single ID by the Government of Maharashtra.

–Registration for VAT in Delhi made online; TIN allotment done real-time and business can start immediately on receipt of TIN number.

–Time required for giving a new electric connection in Mumbai has been reduced to 21 days from 67 days; procedures down from 7 to 3.

–Simplified procedure for new electric connection in Delhi with reduced procedures and time.

–Municipal Corporation of Delhi launched online application process for grant of construction permits for residential and industrial buildings and commercial buildings.

State Ranking

DIPP has been closely working with the State Governments to help them identify constraints in doing business and improving overall business environment in their respective States.

  • Assistance is provided to States/UTs by way of conducting workshops in collaboration with World Bank such as in the States of Punjab, Haryana, Tripura, Goa and Union Territory of Daman and Diu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • A nationwide workshop on Business Reforms in States was also held on July 29, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi to discuss the relevance of reforms in doing business and to facilitate knowledge sharing of best practices within India for the benefit of the States/ UTs. Representatives from the World Bank Group and almost 100 participants from 26 States and Union Territories (UT’s) participated in the event.


Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms

2015 – 98 Points

–A 98-Point Action Plan for improving the regulatory framework for business as part of easing the doing business in the country was finalized at National Workshop of ‘Make in India’ held on 29.12.2014. The assessment to take stock of reforms implemented by States (on a 285 point questionnaire) between the period 1st January 2015 to 30th June 2015 was released on 14.09.2015.
–According to the assessment, on average, around 32% of the proposed reforms were implemented across the country. Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan have implemented over 50% of the listed reforms. The other three states in the top 10 are Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. None of the state was found to have implemented 75% or more of the proposed reforms.

2016 – 340 Points

–A 340-Point Business Reform Action Plan for States and Union Territories (UTs) was circulated by DIPP to all State/UT Governments in late October 2015 for further implementation. These were spread across 10 broad parameters – Access to information and transparency enablers; single window; environmental registration enablers; obtaining electricity connection; availability of land; construction permit enablers; inspection reform enablers; labour regulation enablers; online tax return filing; and commercial dispute resolution enablers.
–The results of the assessment which were released on 31.10.2016 demonstrate that States have increasingly risen to address the challenge of making it easier to do business.

2017 – 372 Points

–Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) 2017 released for implementation by States/UTs on 13th April 2017.
–Action plan includes 372 recommendations for reforms on regulatory processes, policies, practices and procedures spread across 12 reform areas. The last date for the States/UTs to implement the reform is 31st October 2017.
–A comprehensive business-to-government (B2G) feedback exercise to be carried out whereby feedback on the quality of implementation of the reforms claimed by the States and UTs will be taken from businesses. Feedback scores will be used to generate a ranking of States/UTs in terms of reform implementation.

Results – Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms 2016

“The Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman interacting with the media on the EoDB report – State ranking”

India-UK Conference on Ease of Doing Business

The conference was held in New Delhi on 8th – 9th Dec, 2016. The discussion covered areas including regulatory reform, inspection reform, tax administration, trade facilitation, electricity provision, insolvency, land registry and standards. It showcased India’s focus on simplifying its business ecosystem and the work that the UK government is doing to share the key features of its globally renowned business ecosystem and practices.

“Inauguration of the India-UK Conference on Ease of Doing Business”


  • The FDI policy framework is transparent, predictable and easily comprehensible
  • FDI, up to 100%, is permitted under the automatic route in most sectors/ activities. Around 90% of the FDI inflows in the country are through automatic route in the recent years

    FDI Equity Inflows (in %) – Route wise  

  • The policy is reviewed on an ongoing basis to make it more investor-friendly and pronouncements are made through Press Notes/Press Releases by DIPP
  • The Circular on Consolidated FDI Policy captures changes effected during the year and is updated annually

FDI Inflows

  • India records highest ever FDI inflows – surged by 8% to US$ 60.08 billion in 2016-17 from US $55.56 billion in 2015-16
  • The FDI Inflows in the current financial year 2017-18 (upto June) surged 24% to US$ 14.56 bn from US$ 11.75 bn in the year ago. The FDI equity inflows surged by 37% to US$ 10.41 bn from US$ 7.59 bn during the same period
  • The FDI equity inflow since the launch of Make in India (Oct 2014 – June 2017) has surged 64% to US$ 110.12 bn from US$ 67.26 bn received 33 months prior to ‘Make in India’

   Total FDI Inflows (Amount in US$ billion)    

*P – Provisional

FDI Policy Reforms

Food Product Retail Trading

  • 100% FDI under Government route for trading, including through e-commerce permitted for food products manufactured/produced in India

Single Brand Retail Trade (SBRT)

  • Opening of first store as date of reckoning for compliance of the sourcing condition
  • Sourcing condition relaxed upto 3 years in cases of ‘state of art’ and ‘cutting edge technology’
  • SBRT entity operating through brick and mortar stores permitted to undertake B2C e-commerce
  • Single entity permitted to undertake both the activities of SBRT and wholesale with the condition that conditions of FDI policy on wholesale/ cash & carry and SBRT have to be complied by both the business arms separately

Manufacturing, in general

  • Manufacturer permitted to sell products through wholesale and/or retail, including through e-commerce without Govt. approval


  • Up to 49% allowed under automatic route and beyond through Government approval route, in cases resulting in access to modern technology in the country or for other reasons to be recorded
  • FDI limits for defence sector has also been made applicable to Manufacturing of Small Arms and Ammunitions covered under Arms Act 1959

Civil Aviation

  • 100% FDI under automatic route allowed in Brownfield Airport projects
  • Cap for ‘Non-Scheduled Air Transport Service’ and ‘Ground Handling Services’, raised from 74% to 100%, and placed under Automatic route
  • FDI limit for Scheduled Air Transport Services/Domestic Scheduled Passenger Airline and Regional Air Transport Services has been raised to 100% [automatic upto 49%; government approval beyond 49%]

Insurance & pension

  • 49% FDI permitted under automatic route

Banking-Private Sector

  • Full fungibility of investment provided by permitting portfolio investment up to sectoral cap of 74%

White label ATMs

  • 100% FDI under automatic route permitted in White Label ATM Operations

Asset Reconstruction Companies

  • 100% FDI under the automatic route permitted in Asset Reconstruction Companies

Other Financial Services

  • 100% FDI under the automatic route allowed for financial services activities regulated by financial sector regulators such as RBI, SEBI, IRDA etc.
  • In financial services, not regulated by any financial sector regulator or where only part of the financial service activity is regulated or where there is doubt regarding regulatory oversight, FDI upto 100% allowed under government approval route.

Construction Development

  • 100% FDI allowed through automatic route; Minimum floor area and Minimum capital requirement removed. Easing of Exit norms


  • 74% FDI under automatic route permitted in Brownfield investments and government approval route for beyond

Medical Devices

  • FDI up to 100%, under the automatic route allowed, without any distinction of Greenfield or Brownfield and such FDI not be subjected to other conditions of the FDI policy on the pharmaceutical sector


  • Caps raised to 100% under automatic route in Teleports, DTH, Cable Networks, Mobile TV, HITS;
  • Caps raised to 49% for FM Radio, up-linking of news and current affairs
  • FDI route for Up-linking of Non-‘news and current affairs’ and down-linking of channels (allowed 100%) changed to automatic route

Private Securities Agencies

  • FDI limit raised to 74% [automatic upto 49%; government approval beyond 49% and up to 74%]

Animal Husbandry

  • FDI in Animal Husbandry (including breeding of dogs), Pisciculture, Aquaculture and Apiculture is now allowed 100% under automatic route without the requirement of controlled conditions


  • 100% FDI permitted under automatic route now allowed for Tea, Coffee, Rubber, Cardamom, Olive Oil and Palm Oil plantations

Easing of General Conditions of FDI

  • The threshold limit for FIPB approval has been increased to ₹5000 crore
  • Different kinds of foreign investments made fungible under composite cap
  • FDI under automatic route permitted in LLPs operating in automatic route sectors and sectors without conditionalities
  • Non-repatriable investments by NRIs and entities owned by NRIs to be treated as domestic investment
  • For establishment of branch office, liaison office or project office or any other place of business in India if the principal business of the applicant is Defence, Telecom, Private Security or Information and Broadcasting, approval of Reserve Bank of India would not be required in cases where FIPB approval or license/permission by the concerned Ministry/Regulator has already been granted
  • Government approval not required for undertaking activities under automatic route and without FDI-linked performance conditions (regardless of the amount or extent of foreign investment) for infusion of foreign investment into an Indian company which does not have any operations and also does not have any downstream investments
  • Approval of the Government will be required if the company concerned is operating in sectors/ activities which are under Government approval route rather than capped sectors

FDI Equity Inflows 2016-17 – Country-wise 

 FDI Equity Inflows 2016-17 – Sector-wise 


Make in India – Investor Facilitation Cell

invest IndiaInvest India was operationalised with the Mission of ‘Promoting foreign investments in India in a focussed, comprehensive & structured manner while acting as the first reference point to provide quality input & support services to foreign investors’.



Awarded World’s best practice Investment Promotion Agency by UNCTAD in 2016

  • Invest India has responded to 57,930 queries (31,518 Start-Up) on as on 30th January 2017
  • Facilitated investment requests from 119 countries, in 43 sectors and directed to 34 states & Union Territories
  • MoUs with Investment Pas in France, UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Mauritius, Saudi
  • Arabia, Japan, South Korea, USA, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan
  • 92% of the queries responded to within 72 hours; 78% within 24 hours, as per best global standards
  • Organised CEO’s Forum in Vibrant Gujarat 2017; Active Participation in World Economic Forum’ 17; Make in Odisha Conclave; Make in India Week and Invest Madhya Pradesh Global Investors Summit
  • Supporting State Governments with policy formulation, investor targeting and facilitation; Working with State IPAs on capacity creation and global best practices
  • Facilitating over USD 60 billion of Investments in India
  • Multiple well-received thought leadership research studies with 680 Issue analysis / country profiles, 300 speeches /talking points and 280 Other research content
  • Facilitation partner for the market entry support programme for German Mittelstand investments & Family Owned Companies in India
  • Multiple global firms are being facilitated to set-up their India operations: Sany Group, Dalian Wanda, CFLD, Country Garden, Merlin Entertainment, Lotte, KIA Motors, TBEA, Ikea, H&M, Uber, Indo UK Institute of Health, NMC Healthcare, Vestas, DP World and Airbus

Country specific desks – Japan Plus


  • Operationalised in Oct, 2014 with representatives from the DIPP, Government of India and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan to facilitate and fast track investment proposals from Japan
  • Taken up issues of Japanese companies like Sojitz Corp., Nissan Motors (Renault Nissan Consortium), NTT Communications and Kobelco Cranes etc. and is evaluating requests from middle-sized manufacturing companies
  • ‘AICHI Desk’ under Japan Plus also set up between the DIPP and the Aichi Prefectural Government in July 2015
  • ‘The concept of “Japan Industrial Townships” will be developed for facilitating investment from Japan to India

Country specific desks – Korea Plus

‘Launch of Korea Plus in India and Korea’

  • Operationalized on 18th June 2016 to promote and facilitate Korean Investments in India.
  • Team comprises of officials from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Energy, Government of the Republic of Korea; Korea Trade Investment and Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and Invest India.
  • The mandate runs through the entire investment spectrum including pre investment, investment and post investment stages.
  • Launched in Seoul in November 2016. Meetings with 60+ Korean companies on the sidelines of the launch.
  • A comprehensive business guide for Korean Investors in English and Korean Language has been developed.


With the intention to build a strong eco-system for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country, the Hon’ble Prime Minister launched Startup India Action Plan on January 16, 2016 in New Delhi

The Government through this initiative aims to empower Startups to grow through innovation and design

A 19 point action plan was announced to accelerate spread of the Startup movement

  • From digital/ technology sector to a wide array of sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, social sector, healthcare, education etc and
  • From existing tier 1 cities to tier 2 and tier 3 cities including semi-urban and rural areas


Startups that fuel India : An electric two-wheeler manufacturer, ‘After Energy’ – a Startup founded by Mr. Ranveet Phikela, was provided support with regard to charging infrastructure and funding. The startup went on to win the Top Innovator award at The Economic Times Startup Awards 2016. National Automotive Board (NAB, Department of Heavy Industries) has now expressed interest in providing funding support for the setup of charging infrastructure.

Action Plan

Simplification and Handholding

  • Compliance Regime based on Self-certification
  • Startup India Hub
  • Rolling out of Mobile App and Portal
  • Legal Support and Fast-tracking Patent Examination at Lower Costs
  • Relaxed Norms of Public Procurement for Startups
  • Faster Exit for Startups

Funding Support and Incentives

  • Providing Funding Support through a Fund of Funds with a Corpus of INR 10,000 crore
  • Credit Guarantee Fund for Startups
  • Tax Exemption on Capital Gains
  • Tax Exemption to Startups for 3 years
  • Tax Exemption on Investments above Fair Market Value

Industry-Academia Partnership and Incubation

  • Organizing Startup Fests for Showcasing Innovation and Providing a Collaboration Platform
  • Launch of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) with Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) Program
  • Harnessing Private Sector Expertise for Incubator Setup
  • Building Innovation Centres at National Institutes
  • Setting up of 7 New Research Parks Modeled on the Research Park Setup at IIT Madras
  • Promoting Startups in the Biotechnology Sector
  • Launching of Innovation Focused Programs for Students
  • Annual Incubator Grand Challenge

Social Buzz

Progress under Startup India

Recent Changes to Definition of Startup

  • Age of Startup increased: Taking into account the long gestation period by Startups to establish, an entity shall be considered as a Startup up to seven years from the date of its incorporation/ registration (from earlier 5 years). However, in the case of Startups in the Biotechnology sector, the period shall be up to ten years from the date of incorporation/ registration
  • No Letter of Recommendation required: A letter of recommendation from an incubator/industry association which was earlier required is no longer needed for either recognition or tax benefits
  • The scope of definition broadened: While the earlier definition only looked at innovation, the scope has been broadened in the new definition to put emphasis on scalability and job creation. A brief write up is required to be submitted by the entity describing the innovation, development or improvement of products or processes or services, or if it has a scalable business model with high potential of employment generation or wealth creation


  • Process of obtaining recognition has been simplified and systematized. It can be done through the portal and the mobile application. Applications that are incomplete are forwarded to the Startup India Hub for guidance and support to submit relevant documents. Startups that have been incorporated after April 1, 2016 are considered for eligibility for tax benefits.

Compliance Regime Based on Self-Certification

  • Startups falling under the list of 36 “white” category industries have been exempted from all the applicable compliances under 3 Environment Laws viz. The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974; the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Cess (Amendment) Act, 2003 and the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
  • Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship issued advisory to allow Startups to self-certify compliance with the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992 of Apprenticeship Act 1961
  • Self-Certification under six Labour Laws formulated; 12 States (Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, MadhyaPradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Punjab, Mizoram and Tripura) have confirmed compliance to the advisory issued on 12.01.2016 by Ministry of Labour and Employment

Atal Innovation Mission & Tinkering Labs

  • Guidelines for harnessing private sector expertise to set up incubators, organizing annual grand challenge and establishment of tinkering labs formulated and published
  • NITI Aayog selected 257 schools for establishing Tinkering Labs (220 received a Grant-in-Aid ₹12 Lakh each)

Establishment of Incubators

  • NITI Aayog received 3658 applications – 63 applications selected. Grant-in-aid of ₹10 Crore would be provided to each for a maximum of 5 years to cover the capital and operational costs

Startup India Hub

  • Operationalised on 1st April 2016 to resolve queries and provide handholding support to Startups
  • 31,518 queries addressed and 170+ cases facilitated
  • Engagement with 10 State governments /Ministries
  • Memorandum of Understanding signed with Startup Portugal
  • The toll free number 1800115565 has been operationalised for Startup Hub

Tax Benefits

  • Tax Exemption: The Finance Act, 2016 made provision for Startups to get income tax exemption for 3 years in a block of 5 years, if incorporated between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2019. In Union Budget 2017-18, this period of profit-linked deductions available to the eligible startups has been increased to 7 years. To avail these benefits one must get a Certificate of Eligibility from the Inter-Ministerial Board of DIPP.
  • Tax Exemption on Capital Gains:
    • Section 54 EE introduced under the Finance Act, 2016 which provides for exemption of capital gain up to ₹50 lakhs arising out of transfer of long term capital asset invested in a fund notified by Central Government
    • Section 54 GB of Income-Tax Act, 1961 amended to provide exemption from tax on capital gains arising out of sale of residential house or a residential plot of land if the amount of net consideration is invested in equity shares of eligible Startup for utilizing the same for purchase of specified asset
  • Removal of Angel Tax: Tax exemptions on investments above Fair Market Value introduced on 14 June 2016 for investments made in Startups.

Patent Benefits

  • Panel of facilitators for patent, design and Trademarks applications constituted for assistance in filing Intellectual Property (IP) applications and to fast track the process of patent filing and acquisition. DIPP bears the facilitation cost on behalf of Startups and also provides rebate in the statutory fee for filing application
  • Startup applications receive up to 80% rebate in patent fees, 50% rebate in Trademark fees, expedited examination of patent applications and free legal assistance under Scheme for Startups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP) which has been extended for 3 years

Relaxed Norms of Procurement

  • Relaxed norms of public procurement for micro and small enterprises provisioned in the Procurement Policy of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)
  • Department of Expenditure notified that all Central Ministries / Departments may relax condition of prior experience and prior turnover in public procurement to all Startups (whether MSEs or otherwise) subject to meeting of quality and technical specifications
  • Department of Public Enterprises expanded the relaxation to Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs)

Fund of Fund for Startups (FFS)

  • A ‘fund of funds’ of ₹10,000 crore (managed by SIDBI) to support innovation driven Startups established. The corpus shall be released over two Finance Commission cycles, by 2025. FFS invests in SEBI registered Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) which, in turn, will invest in Startups

Ucchatar Aavishkar Yojana (UAY)

  • UAY aims to promote industry and outcome-oriented research projects by students. ₹475 crore for 2016-18 has been earmarked under UAY and 92 research proposals from IITs have been approved

NIDHI (National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations)

  • The 8 components under NIDHI would provide a range of funding support to Startups from idea to market. Ignition grant/award of ₹10 lakh to be given.

Research Parks

  • IIT Kharagpur already has a functional Research Park. The Research Park at IIT Gandhinagar is being set up by DST
  • 5 are being set up jointly by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and DST at IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore

Promoting Startups in the Biotechnology Sector

  • 10 TBIs have been approved and other 6 are being actively considered

Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) and Startup Centres

  • Funding amount of ₹ 3.75 lakh for each of the 10 Startup Centres released by MHRD as 1st instalment of the grant. Funds for the other 5 Startup Centres is at various stages of approval

Achievements under Startup India

Startup India facilitated Mr. Raish Bhai Mehmudi, a startup founder, facilitated engagement with Sagar University for mentorship & dedeicated support for registering under PRISM. His prototype of the water-carbide fuelled car has garnered the interest of manufacturers, who will be backing him in creating the final product.
  • 713 Startups have been recognized out of 1835 application received. 146 applications considered for tax benefits of which 10 Startups have been approved for availing tax benefit (as on 15 March,2017).
  • Startup India Learning Program launched on 16th Jan, 2017. 15,000+ people logged in with 76% active users.
  • 292 Startups have received the benefit of up to 80% rebate in patent fees and free legal assistance and 63 Startups have made request for expedited examination.
  • 377 Patent Applications and 262 Trademark Applications have been filed by Startups.
  • ₹600 crore released to SIDBI in FY 2015-16 and FY2016-17. ₹129 crore sanctioned and ₹114 crore released to 5 Venture Funds by SIDBI
Sagar Defence Engineering, founded by Mr. Nikunj Parashar, is a startup thar makes unmanned patrol boats at a cost of INR 2 crore vis a vis other global and Indian players that produce it for over INR 10 crore. The Founder were provided handholding support for model- related issues that made it difficult to get a sanction and procure industrial licenses for company incorporation. The Startup appeared in the Top 10 for DeLTY Electropark initiative, and was declared the winner of the maiden ‘MIS 2016 – DP World Prize’ contest.

Events under Startup India

Hon’ble Minister for State (i/c) for Commerce and Industry at the launch of Startup India


Industrial Corridors


The Department has taken up this programme of building pentagon of Industrial Corridors across the country with an objective to provide developed land and quality infrastructure for development of industrial townships.


Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC)

Estimated investment of US $ 100 Billion to develop sustainable industrial cities with world class infrastructure

  • Global manufacturing and investment destination
  • Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) of 1504 km as the backbone
  • Intersects 7 states – Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat & Maharashtra
  • 24 Investment Regions/Industrial Areas
  • New cities will ease pressure on the existing cities


Exhibition cum Convention Centre, Dwarka,Delhi


  • M/s AECOM have been appointed as Program Management Consultant to take the various project developmental activities forward
  • Possession of land has been taken by DIPP
  • DMRC has submitted the DPR to provide direct connectivity to the ECC site
  • Various other stakeholders like NHAI, DDA, MoRTH etc. are also on board
  • Preliminary Engineering & Architectural Consultants appointed.
  • Transaction Advisors are being appointed.

DMIC in Gujarat

Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat(DSIR),(22.5 sq kms)

  • GoI approved tenders for various trunk infrastructure components for INR 2784.82 Crore divided into five packages
  • EPC Contractor(s) appointed for packages worth ₹ 1950 Crore for Roads and other utilities, ABCD Building, Water Treatment Plant & Sewage Treatment Plant .
  • Construction related activities for all above packages initiated on ground. Land allotment policy finalized & land ready for allotment.

Greenfield International Airport Project at Dholera, Gujarat

  • Land already in possession (1426 Ha)
  • No Objection received from Ministry of Defence
  • ‘In principle’ approval accorded by Ministry of Civil Aviation
  • Environment clearance obtained from MoEF
  • ‘M/s PwC Consortium has been appointed as Transaction Advisor
  • Concessionaire likely to be selected by January, 2018

MRTS Project – Ahmedabad to Dholera, Gujarat

  • DPR approved by the State Govt.
  • Land acquisition has been initiated
  • Construction contracts likely to be awarded in 2017

DMIC in Haryana

Global city, Gurgaon, Haryana (1100 acres)

  • Planned as Financial/Business Center as an integral part
  • Land in possession of the State Govt.
  • Project SPV incorporated between DMIC Trust and State Govt.
  • Tender documents issued for selection of consultants for preliminary engineering.

Integrated Multi Modal Logistics Hub, Haryana (1100 acres)

  • Consultants appointed for Techno-economic feasibility and master planning
  • Project SPV incorporated between DMIC Trust and State Govt.
  • Land acquisition initiated by State Govt.

MRTS Project – Gurgaon to Bawal, Haryana

  • DPR approved by the State Govt.
  • Land acquisition has been initiated
  • Construction contracts likely to be awarded in 2017

DMIC in MadhyaPradesh

Integrated Industrial Township, Vikram Udyogpuri Ujjain MadhyaPradesh (1100 acres)

  • GoI approved the project and EPC Contractor for various trunk infrastructure components appointed for ₹332 Crore.
  • Programme Management Consultants appointed.
  • Implementation of various trunk infrastructure components is underway.
  • Land allotment policy has been finalized and Land ready for allotment.

DMIC in Maharashtra

Shendra -Bidkin Industrial Area (SBIA) Maharashtra (8.39 sq kms)

  • GoI approved tender for various trunk infrastructure components for INR 1533 Crore divided into five packages.
  • EPC Contractor(s) appointed for packages worth ₹855.34 Crore for Roads and other utilities, Road over Bridges and District Administration Building.
  • Construction activities for above packages initiated on ground. Land allotment policy has been finalized.
  • Land allotment process initiated & 24 plots allotted majorly to SMEs.
  • Tender documents issued for selection of

–Master System Integrator (MSI) for implementation of various smart city components

–EPC contractor for phase-1 i.e. 10 sq kms for roads and underground utilities/services

DMIC in Rajasthan

Greenfield Aerotropolis Project at Bhiwadi

  • Site Clearance accorded by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)
  • No Objection Certificate accorded by Ministry of Defence
  • Airport Authority of India (AAI) is preparing the DPR for the Project

DMIC in Uttar Pradesh

Integrated Industrial Township, Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh (747.5acres)

  • GoI approved project and EPC Contractor for various trunk infrastructure components appointed for ₹426 Crore.
  • Implementation of various trunk infrastructure components is underway.
  • Land allotment policy has been finalized and Land ready for allotment.

Multi Modal Logistic Hubs at Dadri, Uttar Pradesh (1200 acres)

  • Feasibility study completed & DPR Consultants appointed
  • Land acquisition underway & DPR will be ready by June, 2017
  • Project will be implemented through SPV for Integrated Industrial Township Project

Other Corridors

Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor

  • Perspective Planning complete
  • Three nodes – Tumakuru (Karnataka), Ponneri (Tamil Nadu) and Krishnapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) identified for further development
  • Consultant selected for Detailed Master Planning and Preliminary Engineering for Krishnapatnam and Tumakuru node and will be selected shortly for Ponneri node

Bengaluru Mumbai Industrial Corridor (BMIC)

  • Perspective Plan finalized
  • Dharwad node in Karnataka identified as the priority node
  • Identification of site for Maharashtra under consideration by State Government. In principle approval given by State Govt. of Sangli/Solpur node

Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC)

  • Perspective Planning completed
  • Tender Packages are being issued for selection of consultant for preparation of Detailed Master Plan and Preliminary Engineering of the IMCs for the States of Punjab, Uttarakhand and West Bengal
  • Acquisition of land for the identified IMC sites is under progress by the respective State Govt.(s)

Vizag- Chennai Industrial Corridor

  • Envisaged as part of East Coast Economic Corridor linking Kolkata- Chennai – Tuticorin
  • Conceptual Development Plan completed by ADB
  • ADB has initiated Master Planning of nodes identified by state Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • DEA has accorded approval of ADB project loan of US $500 million and ADB programme loan of US$ 125 million to the Government of Andhra Pradesh for VCIC Project

National Industrial Corridor Development & Implementation Trust (NICDIT)


  • DMIC Project Implementation Trust Fund (DMIC-PITF) re-designated it as “National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT)” on December 7, 2016 with expanded mandate and scope.
  • Apex Body under administrative control of DIPP for unified development of Industrial Corridors in the Country.
  • Coordinate all central efforts for the development of Industrial Corridor projects and monitor their implementation.
  • Channelize Government of India Funds as well as institutional funds while ensuring that the various corridors are properly planned and implemented, keeping in view the broad national perspectives regarding industrial and city development and support project development activities, appraise, approve and sanction projects.

National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZ)


14 NIMZs outside the DMIC region have been given in-principle approval:

  • Nagpur in Maharashtra
  • Prakasam and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh
  • Medak, Hyderabad Pharma and Mahabubnagar Districts in Telangana
  • Tumkur, Kolar, Bidar and Gulbarga in Karnataka
  • Kalinganagar, Jajpur District in Odisha
  • Auraiya and Jhansi Districts in Uttar Pradesh

NIMZs at Prakasam in Andhra Pradesh; Medak in Telangana and Kalinganagar, Jajpur district in Odisha have been granted final approval.

8 Investment Regions along DMIC project approved as NIMZs

  • Ahmedabad-Dholera Investment Region, Gujarat
  • Shendra-Bidkin Industrial Park city near Aurangabad, Maharashtra
  • Dighi Port Industrial Area, Maharashtra
  • Manesar-Bawal Investment Region, Haryana
  • Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana Investment Region, Rajasthan
  • Jodhpur-Pali-Marwar Region in Rajasthan and
  • Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region, Uttar Pradesh

Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (MIIUS)


National Intellectual Property Rights Policy


A comprehensive National IPR policy to stimulate innovation and creativity across sectors, and provide a clear vision regarding IPR issues

Objectives of the Policy

IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion

  • To create public awareness about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society

Generation of IPRs

  • To stimulate the generation of IPRs

Legal and Legislative Framework

  • To have strong and effective IPR laws, which balance the interests of rights owners with larger public interest

Administration and Management

  • To modernize and strengthen service-oriented IPR administration

Commercialization of IPRs

  • Get value for IPRs through commercialization

Enforcement and Adjudication

  • To strengthen the enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements

Human Capital Development

  • To strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs

IPR Dashboard – Implementation and Monitoring

  • Policy objectives sought to be achieved through actionable points, with defined and quantifiable milestones
  • IPR dashboard created for nodal Departments/ Ministries to upload the status report to monitor the progress on a real time basis

Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM)


  • A professional body under the aegis of DIPP to ensure focused action on issues related to IPRs and to address the 7 identified objectives of the National IPR policy
  • Assist in simplifying and streamlining of IP processes, apart from undertaking steps for furthering IPR awareness, commercialization and enforcement


IPR Awareness Programs

  • CIPAM in partnership with industry associations conducted 19 IPR awareness roadshows in 18 states and endeavors to conduct 3500 more programs by end of 2020
  • Awareness programs are focused on sensitizing inventers in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, schools, colleges, universities and industry
  • CIPAM has collaborated with the International Trademark Association (INTA) to launch an IPR Awareness campaign for schoolchildren

International Treaties and Engagements

  • Negotiations of Regional Comprehensive Economic Forum’s free trade agreement between the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Negotiations of Trade Economic Partnership Agreement with European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
  • Part of the Joint Coordination Committee set up to devise work plans under MoUs on IPR with Singapore, United Kingdom and Brazil

Engagement with States

Major Initiatives and Achievements 

423 Patent & Design facilitators and 596 Trademark facilitators empanelled. 377 Patent and 262 Trademark applications filed by Startups. 292 Startups availed fee rebate & 62 requested expedited examination (upto 31st July 17)

Technology Innovation and Support Centre

  • India’s first WIPO Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) network to be established in PIC Punjab, with CIPAM as the National Focal Point.
  • The program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services, helping them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their IP rights.

Facilitation of Intellectual Property Rights of Start-Ups; Provisions for MSMEs

  • Scheme for facilitating Start-Ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP) launched to encourage innovation and creativity in Start-Ups. The Government shall bear the entire cost of the facilitators for any number of patents, trademarks or designs by start-ups. The Scheme has been extended for 3 years.
  • 50% fee concession is provided for MSMEs vis-à-vis large entities.
  • Startup applications receive up to 80% rebate in patent fees, 50% rebate in Trademark fees, expedited examination of patent applications.

IPR Enforcement

  • Training for 7 batches of police officials on Enforcement of IPRs CIPAM in association with Andhra Pradesh Police.
  • Training of 150 police officials and APOs at Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Police Academy, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.
  • IPRs in Colloquium on Commercial Laws for High Court Justices organised in association with National Judicial Academy India.
  • IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police has been launched in collaboration with FICCI. Toolkit will aid police officials in dealing with IP Crimes, in particular trade mark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.


  • Transparency has been ushered in by providing dissemination of information through dynamic web-based innovative utilities. This can be freely accessed by the public.
  • Grievances are addressed through the Government of India portal (CPGRAMS) and Twitter Seva. Social media outreach allows for instantaneous feedback and interaction with stakeholders.

International obligations

  • India has operationalized the Madrid Protocol for registration of Trademarks internationally through a single application
  • Recognition and functioning of Indian Patent Office as the 17th International Search Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority in the world provides high quality reports at lowest cost in the international arena within fixed time frame

Augmentation of Human Resources

  • 459 new technically competent Patent Examiners in various fields of technology have been appointed on regular basis in addition to the existing 130. Already 396 have started examination work after training, in addition to existing 130 Examiners. This exponential increase will reduce pendency
  • Manpower has been augmented manifold on the trademark front with 100 Trademark Examiners added on contractual basis; 62 regular appointments are in pipeline

Synergy between IP offices

  • The administration of Copyright Act, 1957 and Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Act, 2000 has been transferred to the DIPP. This shall enable an integrated approach and synergy between different IP offices and Acts

Global Innovation Index (GII), 2016

  • In recently released GII-2016 report, India has moved up by 15 places. India has reversed the declining trend to rank 66th globally
  • India has retained top rank in Information and Communication Technology Service Export for last three year
  • India is ranked second in quality innovations among Middle Income Economies
  • India moved up by 2 ranks to 6th position in Lower Middle Income Economies.A Task Force on Innovation (coordinated by CIPAM) has been constituted with industry experts to take suggestions through crowd-sourcing, and suggest ways to strengthen the innovative eco-system in the country, as also improve the GII ranking

Trends in Patent and Trademark filing

Clearing Backlog/ Reducing Pendency

  • Pendency in Patent examination is targeted to be brought down from the present 5 to 7 years to 18 months of workload 
  • Pendency in Trademark examination has already been brought down from the erstwhile 13 months to just 1 month 

Trends in Copyrights and Designs

Amendments in Patent Rules and Trademark Rules


Amendments in Patent Rules:

Patent Rules, 2003 amended to streamline processes and make them more user friendly.

Following provisions provided:

  • Condonation of delay due to war/ natural calamities
  • Refund of fees in certain cases has been permitted, as also withdrawal of application being permitted without any fees
  • Timelines imposed to ensure speedy disposal, the number of admissible adjournments limited
  • Expedited Examination is now permitted on certain grounds
  • Hearing through video conferencing
  • Special provisions for start-ups – 80% rebate in fees vis-à-vis other companies as also expedite their application. So far, 61 Start Ups have availed benefit of fee rebate.

Amendments in Trademark Rules:

Trademark Rules, 2002 have been amended to allow for accelerated examination of applications and simplification of procedures.

Some salient features are:

  • The Trademark Rules 2017 has specified the Applicants for the purpose of the Trademark Application in two categories, Individuals/ Startups/ Small Enterprises and Others. ‘Startup’ and ‘Small Enterprises’ have been defined under the definition clause. The same applies to both Indian and Foreign entities
  • Process for determination of a well-known mark has been established
  • 74 separate forms and applications which were there earlier for carrying out various tasks have now been replaced by 8 consolidated forms, thereby streamlining the whole filing and prosecution process
  • Express provision for filing applications for sound marks which must now be submitted in an MP3 format, not exceeding 30 seconds in length. This is also to be accompanied with a graphical representation of the sound notations. In this regard, the definition of “graphical representation” has been revised to include representation in digitized form
  • For every kind of application, the column indicating the fee for E-Filing shows a 10% reduction from the fee indicated under the “Physical filing” head, thereby encouraging e-filing
  • Allowance of Video Conferencing for Hearings
  • Recognition of Email as a Mode of Service
  • Filing statement of user is mandatory

National Institute of Design

  • Admission process made on-line
  • Administrative processes of the Institute digitised
  • Online dynamic portal to showcase student work and portfolios and separate portal for student projects
  • Process of choosing international open electives digitised
  • Online Design Education


Status on four new NIDs

4 new NIDs Land Society Registration Construction – Entrusted to NBCC Academic Session
Jorhat Provided by State Gov Completed Construction going on (40% work complete)
Kurukshetra Started from 2016-17
Vijayawada NIT issued by  NBCC Started from 2015-16

Social Buzz


Leather Sector


  • Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP) is implemented for overall development of leather sector
  • Aims at augmenting raw material base through modernization and technology upgradation, addressing environmental concerns, human resource development, supporting traditional artisans, addressing infrastructure constraints and establishing institutional facilities

Achievements since May 2014 under different sub scheme

  • Human Resource Development – 4,00,200 unemployed persons trained under and 3,23,481 such trainees (80%) employed in leather and footwear industry
  • Integrated Development of Leather Sector – grants approved for modernization and upgradation of technology in 355 leather, footwear and accessories units involving GoI assistance of Rs. 116 cr and total investment of Rs. 481.50 cr
  • Footwear Design and Development Institute – two new branches at Banur (Punjab) and Ankleshwar (Gujarat) with GoI assistance of Rs.100 cr each for augmentation of infrastructure


Setting-up of Mega Leather Cluster at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh with GoI assistance of ₹ 125 cr approved


  • Leather Technology, Innovation & Environment issues – GoI assistance of Rs. 95.12 lakh provided for pilot project on Solid Waste Management in Calcutta Leather Complex by Central Leather Research Institute



  • Inspection of boilers & boiler components by third party Inspecting Authorities and Competent Persons implemented in whole of India (except J & K)
  • Modified regulations and forms to simplify registration of boilers by manufacturers & users
  • 19 State/UTs implemented self-certification/third party inspection of boilers during use
  • Qualification and experience for Competent Persons have been rationalized to facilitate increase in availability of Competent Persons for third party inspection
  • Direction given to States to permit inspection and certification during use of boilers by Competent Persons independently without taking employment with Inspecting Authorities
  • Regulations amended to increase time between inspections requiring mandatory shut down of boilers in power plants and continuous process plants which will result in increase in production in these plants
  • Provisions for on-line applications for registration of boilers and for recognition of Well Known firms to do self-certification of their activities without approaching Inspecting Authorities
  • Time period for evaluation of firms by Evaluation Committee of the Central Boilers Board for recognition of Well Known firms reduced from 120 days to 90 days for manufacturing works in foreign countries and to 60 days for manufacturing works in the country
  • Provision made in boiler regulations for recognition of welders by the third party inspecting authorities which will facilitate boiler and boiler component manufacturers
  • Revision of various inspection fees under the Boilers Act 1923/Indian Boiler Regulations, 1950 for increasing revenue generation for State Governments
  • Provision in IBR for acceptance of digitally signed online certificates for boiler pipes & tubes
  • Streamlining and simplification of inspection process during manufacture of boiler & boiler components



The Salt Commissioner’s Organization (SCO) is entrusted with the mandate for overall development of salt industry.


India continues to hold the third position in production of salt after China and USA. The top production of salt during 2015-16 was about 276.43 lakh tonnes (incl. 6 lakh tonnes produced from salt pan lands owned by Salt Department).
  • Salt Cess Act, 1953 has been repealed as a whole as per Schedule 239 and fifteenth Schedule of the Finance Act, 2016 w.e.f. 14.05.2016
  • GoI through SCO owns about 59,951 acres of salt pan lands across 9 states. 51,384 acres is salt producing land and 8567 acres is non-salt producing land. 8385 acres of non-producing land identified as surplus and offered for development.

Development & welfare Schemes for Salt workers

  • Scheme for Training to Salt Workers for Technology Up-gradation approved. Aims to improve technical skill of salt workers engaged and to improve quality of salt to the highest specifications meant for industrial & edible use.
  • Cost of each training increased to ₹3.00 lakh (from ₹1.50 lakh); number of participants in each training increased to 30 (from 15); training period reduced to 6 days (from 2 weeks)
  • Provides for preparing 40 master trainers, from officials of SCO/Salt Cluster Leaders
In 2015-16 two trainings for Master Trainer were conducted by Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar. In 2016-17 six training programmes have been organized.


  • Financial assistance extended for labour welfare activities, such as General Health cum Eye camps, conducting sports meet, distribution of cash rewards to meritorious children of salt workers.



In line with technological developments and simplification of licensing procedures, existing rules framed under various Acts reviewed and amendments made for the benefit of stakeholders

  • Exemption of pharmaceutical manufacturing companies for possession, sale and use of nitro-glycerin diluted up to 10% from the provisions of the Explosives Rules, 2008
  • Exemption of manufacturing units in private sector to manufacture nitro-glycerin and nitro-glycerin based explosives for use by defence forces
  • The Gas Cylinders Rules, 2016 notified (supersedes 2004 Rules)
  • The Static and Mobile Pressure Vessels (Unfired) Rules, 2016 (supersedes 1981 Rules)
  • De-centralization of powers under various rules to down the line offices of PESO
  • Delegation of powers related to grant/amendment/renewal/penal-action under licences covering fireworks industry under Sivakasi Office jurisdiction given to Sivakasi Office


  • Integration of licensing modules of PESO with central e-Nivesh Portal for monitoring disposal of applications
  • Introduction of e-filing and online fee payment facilities under the Petroleum Rules, 2002 & Gas Cylinders Rules, 2016 to the stakeholders resulting in considerable saving in time, expenditure and personal interface of stakeholders
  • Introduction of e-facilities for renewal of licences through the online auto renewal process: This facility is unique, as the system enables the licences himself to renew his licence. The auto renewal facility covers about 1.5 lakh licensed premises
  • Swachh Petrol Pump Mobile app launched for promotion of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Public can give feedback on cleanliness at retail outlets (petrol pumps). Swachhata Standard of PESO prepared and uploaded on PESO website


North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007


  • Central Capital Investment Subsidy – 30% of value of plant & machinery without any upper ceiling. However, w.e.f. 22.11.2016, subsidy is now limited to ₹5.00 crore and ₹3.00 crore per industrial unit operating in manufacturing and services sector respectively.
  • Central Interest Subsidy Scheme – 3% on working capital loan for maximum period of 10 years from date of commencement of commercial production. However, w.e.f. 22.11.2016, subsidy will now be available only on term loans of 5-10 years maturity taken to finance capital expenditure limited to term loans up to ₹10.00 crore.
  • Central Comprehensive Insurance Scheme – Re-imbursement of 100% insurance premium for maximum period of 10 years from date of commencement of commercial production.
47,644 units industrial set up and ₹11,466.22 crore made in investments. Employment generated in 2,28,224(in nos).

Source : State Govt. Of NER

Special Package for Industrial units in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

Central Sector Scheme for Special Category States of Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand

  • Capital Investment Subsidy provided for all new units and to existing units on substantial expansion @15% of investment in plant & machinery subject to a ceiling of Rs. 50 lakh for MSME units and Rs. 30 lakh for others
  • Modified Special Package Scheme valid upto 31.03.2017

Central Sector Scheme for Special Category State of Jammu & Kashmir

  • Capital Investment subsidy for all new units and to existing units on substantial expansion- for MSME @ 30% of investment in plant and machinery with a ceiling of Rs 3 cr for Manufacturing units and Rs 1.5 cr for Service units, whereas for other units it is @ 15% of investment in plant and machinery with a ceiling of Rs 30 lakh
  • Interest subsidy @ 3% on the average daily working capital loan for a period of five years from the date of commencement of commercial production
  • Insurance subsidy for all new units and to existing units on substantial expansion to the extent of 100% for a period of five years from the date of commencement of commercial production
  • Modified Special Package Scheme valid upto 14.06.2017

Transport Subsidy Scheme, 1971/ Freight Subsidy Scheme, 2013

  • Given for 14 remote hilly States/UTs/Districts
  • Reimbursement of transport cost upto 90% of raw material and finished goods provided to eligible units
  • Scheme discontinued w.e.f. 22.11.2016

New industrial policy for North East and Himalayan states

  • Committee under the Chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog constituted with Secretaries of Ministries/Departments of Development of North Eastern Region, Expenditure, Commerce, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Micro Small and Medium Enterprise, Textiles, Tourism, Health and Family Welfare, Power and Industrial Policy and Promotion as members
  • Committee will examine and suggest a roadmap for a new industrial policy for North Eastern and Himalayan States