Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal advocated a proposal on Wednesday to establish the ‘bureau of industry inspections’ to free industrialists from the clutches of ‘inspector raj’ in Punjab.
Presiding over a meeting to oversee the arrangements of the 2nd progressive Punjab investment summit on October 28-29 at SAS Nagar, Sukhbir Singh Badal mooted the proposal to setup an industry inspections bureau. He mooted the idea with the intention to ensure all clearances of inspections of industrial units and annual assessments could be regulated through a centralised administrative authority.
“I desire Punjab should be an ‘inspector free’ state by December 31 and entrepreneurs do businesses with a free mind without stress from unexpected and frequent inspections,” Badal said.
Badal said that in case of a complaint or visit mandated by central government rules, the inspector would visit the industry only after prior approval of the labour commissioner.
‘No boiler inspector will visit the factory unless invited for annual inspection by the concerned firm after prior approval from authority’, he added.
To facilitate the ease of doing business, deputy CM asked all departments alongwith labour, forests, pollution control board, industry department and PSPCL to update portals and put relevant information regarding inspection procedure, online filing of applications, e-payments of fees and timeline for application approval in public sphere.
Elaborating on facilities proposed by industry and labour department, Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal said a ‘comprehensive labour management computerised system’ would be implemented by December 31 to provide submission of self-certification of documents, joint inspections under various acts, validity of factory licences for five to 10 years, third party inspection of units and timeline for inspection reports.
Sukhbir Singh Badal