Assam govt plans re­laxed guide­lines for MSME setup

The Asian Age - - Nation - MANOJ ANAND

The MSME Or­di­nance, putting an end to the process of tak­ing mul­ti­ple per­mis­sions for set­ting up MSMEs in the state for next 3 years, is aimed at to at­tract in­vest­ment by fa­cil­i­tat­ing ex­emp­tion equiv­a­lent to the Con­gress­ruled Ra­jasthan and the BJP-ruled Gu­jarat.

Point­ing out that Op­po­si­tion Congress was op­pos­ing the MSME or­di­nance in Assam sources in the in­dus­try depart­ment told this news­pa­per that Ra­jasthan in June last year had be­come the first In­dian state to al­low MSMEs to start projects with­out any ap­proval or clear­ance while Gu­jarat fol­lowed suit in Oc­to­ber bring­ing a sim­i­lar or­di­nance.

Both the or­di­nances in Ra­jasthan and Gu­jarat are sim­i­lar. Point­ing out that an in­di­vid­ual or in­dus­tri­al­ists who wish to set up an MSME unit will be re­quired to present a ‘Dec­la­ra­tion of In­tent’ and can start work af­ter re­ceiv­ing an ac­knowl­edge­ment re­ceipt, sources said that Ker­ala brought a sim­i­lar law in Novem­ber and Pun­jab in De­cem­ber last year.

Clar­i­fy­ing that fear in a sec­tion of or­gan­i­sa­tion in­clud­ing op­po­si­tion Congress that the new or­di­nance will in­fringe upon the land rights of the in­dige­nous peo­ple and also lead to vi­o­la­tion of sev­eral ex­ist­ing environmen­tal, forest and agri­cul­tural land laws, sources in the in­dus­try depart­ment as­serted that the MSME or­di­nance ap­proved by the Assam Cab­i­net is only for MSME (mi­cro, small & medium en­ter­prises), and not for large in­dus­tries. “This will largely help lo­cal en­trepreneur­s. This or­di­nance will not be ap­pli­ca­ble for haz­ardous in­dus­tries,” he said.

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