Doing business in India is tough and she languishes at near bottom in rankings (142nd). One of the top priorities in front of current Government is to improve this, and they have taken the first step by launching much awaited single window eBiz portal that will offer 11 different services that aims at easing and expediting the processes involved in doing business in India.
It has been 2 years since eBiz platform was first announced and actual implementation of it has come about only now.
The 11 services launched on eBiz portal are all required for starting a business in the country – four services from Ministry of Corporate Affairs, two services of Central Board of Direct Taxes, two services of Reserve Bank of India and one service each from Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation and Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation.
Here are the 11 services currently available on eBiz Portal.
|0S. No.||Ministry/ Dept. Name||Service Name|
|1||Ministry of Corporate Affairs||Name Availability|
|2||Ministry of Corporate Affairs||Director Identification Number|
|3||Ministry of Corporate Affairs||Certificate of Incorporation|
|4||Ministry of Corporate Affairs||Commencement of Business|
|5||Central Board of Direct Taxes|
|Issue of Permanent Account Number (PAN)|
|6||Central Board of Direct Taxes||Issue of Tax Deduction Account Number (TAN)|
|7||Reserve Bank of India||Advanced Foreign Remittance (AFR)|
|8||Reserve Bank of India||Foreign Collaboration-General Permission Route (FC-GPR)|
|9||Employees’ Provident Fund Organization||Employer Registration|
|10||Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization||Issue of Explosive License|
|11||Directorate General of Foreign Trade||Importer Exporter Code License|
Till now all these services were available either through separate portals developed by concerned ministry or offline through Government offices. Also, the submission of documents needed to be done physically at the Govt offices. With launch of this new eBiz portal, a user can avail all of these 11 services 24X7, 365 days a year. The best part is the entire end-to-end process is now completely online.
The eBiz portal allows user to fill the eForms directly online or then fill it offline and upload it on the portal. Users can upload attachment, make payments online and submit the forms directly to the respective department for processing. Every time a user submits a document or make a payment, he or she will be provided with a copy of challan online which can be printed or saved in digital format. The user will also receive acknowledgement of submission and tracking of status of the form besides receiving sms alerts on important notifications.
Once approvals are done, the user can also get their certificate or clearances directly from the eBiz portal in digital format which can again be download, printed or saved.
This is undoubtedly a significant step in improving the currently cumbersome and long process of starting a business in India.
According to the press release, during the pilot phase, 50 (26 central + 24 state) services are being implemented across ten pilot states viz., Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. It is envisaged that during the next few years, more than 200 services related to investors and businesses will be rolled-out across the country.
With eBiz portal going live, India should definitely improve on “Doing Business” rankings!
Note: At the time of writing this article, we could not access the portal as it was giving some errors. But we want to give benefit of doubt as the services are launched on pilot basis and may be facing teething problems.