In a meeting with different departments on Tuesday, Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal decided to cover 68 industry-related approvals under the Right to Service (RTS) Act for time-bound delivery.
The departments involved in giving day-to-day approvals to industrial units in the state finalised the list of these services after detailed deliberations. The departments included industry and commerce; power, forests, labour, and excise and taxation, besides the pollution control board.
The 25 shortlisted services given by pollution control board included no-objection certificates (NOC) to green industry (15 days); medium/large-scale orange/red industry (21 days); small/medium/large-scale green industry (15 days), and other industry (30 days). It covered authorisation to units under the hazardous waste, e-waste, and bio-medical waste norms (30 days); and declaration of analysis of effluent samples (15 days).
The chief secretary asked the pollution control board chairman to offer these authorisations online for the convenience of industrialists. The shortlisted 20 services of the excise departments include grant/amendment of registration certificate (30 days); liquor-related licence (60 days); Licences to marriage palaces (30 days); issuing of advance tax exemption certificate (60 days); renewal of advance tax exemption certificate (30 days); and luxury tax registration (30 days).
Kaushal asked the excise department to make online reports to monitor the pendency of service. The shortlisted 9 new services of the power department include NOC to connections in colonies (45 days); approval to rooftop solar-energy units (30 days); implementation of permanent disconnection order (7 days); refund of arrears on account of energy bills (15 days); replacement of damaged/burnt current and potential transformers (CT/PT units) (15 days); and testing of private meter (15 days).
The chief secretary asked all departments to benchmark the delivery timeline against the best of the industrial states to bring investors to Punjab. The labour department has also shortlisted 9 new services to be brought under the RTS Act. These include registration under Contract Labour Act, 1970 (30 days); issuing of license under the Contract Labour Act (30 days); registration under Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act (30 days); acceptance of new factory plans (30 days)’ and factory registration (15 days).
The shortlisted five services of the forest department include processing of diversion of forest land under the Forest Conservation Act (7 days); NOC to site appraisal committee (15 days); and permit for felling of trees in the areas notified under the Punjab Land Preservation Act (60 days).