Sukhbir sets May 30 deadline for Punjab as ‘best state for business’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2016 20:20 IST
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal (HT File Photo)

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has set May 30 deadline for the target of making the state “best in ease of doing business”.

He has asked chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal to hold review meetings with the departments concerned every Monday to assess their performance, a spokesman has said in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chairing a review meeting on the business climate in the state, Sukhbir called for making registration and clearance hassle-free. He asked the officers concerned to comply with all suggestions to come out from the next review meeting on May 20.

Invest Punjab chief executive officer (CEO) Anirudh Tiwari said in the meeting that seven of 10 things that the deputy CM had announced during the 2015 Invest Punjab Summit had come into real and work on three was in progress. He said the labour department had barred all inspections except those with the permission of the labour commissioner.

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He claimed that the department of industries and commerce had also issued a notice for self-certification of documents and third-party annual inspection of boilers. No boiler inspector now can visit any industry unless requested for, and the same for electrical inspectors.

The excise and taxation department had notified to issue permanent tax index number (TIN) in seven days. For construction permit to any industry, all agencies concerned (like town and country planning department, fire department, and airport authority) will do a joint inspection.

Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) will auto-renew consent to operate (CTO) to green and orange category industries without any inspection.

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