The government will soon set up a single window system for clearances and approvals for industry, and is working on creating a land bank with a view to attract investments, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday.
He said six states have already given their consent for land bank, and potential investors would be able to locate and identify land from their distant offices for industries, without frequently visiting the offices of land owning agencies.
The minister made the comments while talking to sovereign wealth funds, foreign pension funds and others on ease of doing business and investments in infrastructure sector in India.
"The government is soon going to set up a single window system for clearances and approvals of industry in the country. This would be a genuine single window and all the concerned state governments and central ministries are being taken on board for the system," Goyal said.
He said a nodal officer has been appointed in every central department, and project development cells are being set up which will help in development of investible projects in coordination between the central and state governments.
The government, he added, has identified 20 industrial sectors to focus on.
These sectors include furniture standard as well as special, air-conditioners, leather, footwear, agro-chemicals, ready-to-eat food, steel, aluminium, copper, textiles, electric vehicles, auto-components, TV set-top boxes, CCTVs, sports goods, ethanol manufacture and bio-fuels, and toys.
"This will help in scaling up investment, and leveraging the competitive edge of the country...The industry should assimilate artificial intelligence, data analytics, robotics and all other best practices," he said, adding that using technology does not imply loss of jobs in any way as increase in production in the country will lead to creation of more employment.
The minister said conducive environment will be created for foreign investment in health and education sectors also.
Investors will be given full support in terms of policies, processes, regulations and everything will be transparent, open and equitable, he added.
On the issue of labour reforms, he said a balance has to be worked out between the interests of labour and investors.
Further, he said "we are now looking forward to (economic) growth in the third and fourth quarters...India was able to create health infrastructure during the lockdown, as could be seen in self-sufficiency in the indigenous production of large numbers of PPEs and ventilators".
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He invited foreign investors to India and assured them of all the support for facilitating investments.
The participants in the meeting gave various suggestions for further improving the ease of doing business in India.