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KERALA SINGLE WINDOW INTERFACE FOR FAST AND TRANSPARENT CLEARANCE ( KSWIFT )

In order to create a conducive environment for investors and improve the Ease of Doing Business in the State, Government of Kerala had undertaken a study to reform the key Acts, Rules and procedures that govern the issue of clearances to investors. The study, which was completed in November 2016, highlighted the interventions required by the Government of Kerala in the areas of policies, procedures and infrastructure in order to make the clearance timelines in the State more competitive and comparable to the top ranked states in India. This includes enhancements to the functioning of the current Single Window Clearance mechanism in the state.

Government has now streamlined the procedures for granting clearances by amending several Acts, Rules and executive orders, and stipulated timelines for disposal of applications for clearances. However, taking the highly competitive timelines for clearances proposed as part of amendments to the governing Acts and Rules, a suitable supporting governance mechanism is required to ensure that timelines are adhered to.

In this regard, Government has now developed an online clearance mechanism in the State. The works associated with the development of the online mechanism (SWIFT) and its integration with portals of concerned Departments / Agencies have been completed.

The online mechanism has been integrate with the existing web portal of departments / agencies concerned viz., KSEB, Electrical Inspectorate, Labour, Water Authority, PCB, Fire & Rescue, Mining & Geology, SEIAA / CZMA and Factories & Boilers. Also interface have been created for departments / agencies that do not have an existing online mechanism viz., Forests, Ground Water, Directorate of Panchayats, Directorate of Urban Affairs and Chief Town Planner have also been completed.

As a part of SWIFT, a unified payment platform integrating all the existing payment mechanisms of concerned departments / agencies have also been integrated to SWIFT. The SWIFT will be an integrated platform for entrepreneurs to apply for all requisite clearances in the State. The platform will also be providing independent and composite licenses with a validity of 1 to 5 years; as also provision for deemed clearances has also been introduced. SWIFT will be the next revolutionary change in the clearances / legislative landscape of the State which will provide a thriving environment for enterprises in the State.

 

KERALA INVESTMENT PROMOTION AND FACILITAION CELL - KIPFC

In its endeavor to create a conducive environment for investors and improve the Ease of Doing Business in the State, Government of Kerala had undertaken a study to reform the key Acts, Rules and procedures that govern the issue of clearances to investors. The study, which was completed in November 2016, highlighted the interventions required by the Government of Kerala in the areas of policies, procedures and infrastructure in order to make the clearance timelines in the State more competitive and comparable to the top ranked states in India. This includes enhancements to the functioning of the current Single Window Clearance mechanism in the state.
The current Single Window Clearance mechanism has helped to bring considerable improvement to the clearance mechanism in the state. In the current Single Window Clearance system, representatives from various stakeholder Departments meet at pre-defined intervals under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary or District Collector (for District/Industrial Area Boards) to review the clearances being applied for by various establishments.
Government has now streamlined the procedures for granting clearances by amending several Acts, Rules and executive orders, and stipulated timelines for disposal of applications for clearances. However, taking the highly competitive timelines for clearances proposed as part of amendments to the governing Acts and Rules, a suitable supporting governance mechanism is required to ensure that timelines are adhered to.
Kerala Investment Promotion and Facilitation Cell (KIPFC) has been constituted by the Government of Kerala at State and District level comprising officers of various departments, agencies and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation with the main objective of providing time-bound clearances for applications for the establishment and operation of enterprises in the State. In addition to facilitation of clearances, the proposed governing entity shall also be engaged in proactive connect with potential investors to promote the sectors in Kerala that have high economic potential and project the strengths of Kerala as a preferred investment destination.
Since Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. (KSIDC) is a single point contact for all investments to the State, as also a nodal agency for industry and investment promotion and facilitation and acts as an interface between the Government and Industry, the KIPFC shall function within KSIDC and shall be entrusted with the responsibility of easing an investor’s journey of obtaining clearances/ permissions/ licences as well as seamlessly monitoring compliance to the governing statutes and regulations once the establishment is operational.

 

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