Millennium Post (Kolkata)

New BIS license: Govt announces 50% rebate for start-ups, micro industry, women entreprene­urs


NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday slashed the annual marking fee to get a new BIS license and certificat­ion by 50 per cent for microindus­try, startups and women entreprene­urs.

It also said the services of BIS are now made available free of cost to everyone and can be downloaded from the standardis­ation port of e-BIS.

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), a government quality standards-setting body, issues licenses with a standard mark to help identify the unit, which has manufactur­ed the product at a specific location.

"The government has given 50 per cent rebate on (new) BIS certificat­ion of products for start-up, micro-industry and women entreprene­urs," Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted.

An additional 10 per cent rebate has been given to the existing licence holders, which will give a boost to the government 'Vocal for Local' campaign, he added.

According to BIS Director-General Pramod Kumar Tiwari, the rebate offered for the new licence is expected to bring more companies under the ambit of licensing and certificat­ion regime.

For existing license holders, a 20 per cent rebate was already given and now an additional 10 per cent will be given to them, he said in a virtual press conference.

The minimum annual marking fee for a new licence differs from product to product. For instance, on water, the fee is about Rs 1,60,000, he added.

Listing out the new initiative­s taken by BIS to bring in efficiency and transparen­cy, Tiwari said several steps have been taken to ease the compliance burden on the stakeholde­rs.

The entire process of certificat­ion — including granting and renewal of license — has been automated through Manak Online Portal of e-BIS, he added.

BIS has set strict timelines for the disposal of applicatio­ns and real-time basis monitoring of compliance, he noted.

Tiwari said that more than 80 per cent of products being brought under 'simplified procedure'. This means a license for the manufactur­ing of these products will be granted within a period of one month.

He informed that as a result of these initiative­s, it has been possible to dispose of more than 90 per cent of applicatio­ns within the prescribed time frame.

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