On a day when Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel marketed her state to investors in Mumbai, her Maharashtra counterpart, Devendra Fadnavis, made sure he kept pace with her by announcing his decision to give all permissions for setting up industries in the state within 30 days.
According to industry experts, presently investors spend up to three years in seeking the 69 necessary permissions from various authorities. However, from now on, projects valued at Rs100 crore or more will get permissions on priority, through a single-window ‘maitri’ (friendship) system. Small investors, too, will get similar treatment and solutions for issues in land acquisition will be expedited.
The move comes just three days after the CM cleared a proposal to issue licences to investors within three days. Monday’s decisions have been taken under the ‘Make-in-Maharashtra’ scheme, which replicates PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ ideology.
“Our decision is going to be a game-changer for the state. We want to stick to our commitment of minimum governance to boost industries, in a transparent manner. Our aim is to create more job opportunities for the youth, and to improve the state’s productivity by achieving the highest-ever growth rate,” Fadnavis told HT.
To avoid delays in upcoming projects on state-owned land and privately-acquired land, Fadnavis has appointed an empowered group of bureaucrats. The CM, who has an MBA degree and is a post-graduate in project management, has asked for the creation of an e-platform to facilitate investments, which he will monitor every month.
Further, a ministers’ group, led by Fadnavis, will suggest scrapping of unnecessary licences, and ensure the implementation of licencing reforms in agro and processing, state purchase, production, special economic zones, export-related industry, information technology, electronics, retail trade and scrapping of the location policy for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Meanwhile, Patel said the people who had invested in Gujarat, believed her government would take forward a mission started by Modi, when he was the CM. “Fadnavis is young and dynamic, and Maharashtra will prosper under his leadership,” she said, refuting allegations that Gujarat was luring investors away from Maharashtra.
While industry associations welcomed the state’s decision, they demanded that policies be altered to attract investment for less-developed regions. “We appreciate the CM has taken a cue from the PM’s plan for Gujarat, but also we expect him to woo investors for backward regions, where the local economy needs a boost,” said Kiran Paturkar, president, Federation of Industries Associations of Vidarbha.