New Delhi: The government, which is running behind schedule in keeping its promise of integrating all central government services for starting new businesses on the eBiz platform, said on Monday that the process will be completed in the next six months.

Amitabh Kant, secretary, department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), said that all central government services and those of 10 states will be available on the eBiz platform in the next six months. He was speaking at an event organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The eBiz project is an online platform that aims to provide a single-window clearance mechanism to enable businesses to apply for all required approvals in a bid to cut down red tape and improve transparency.

In his maiden budget speech on 10 July, finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced that all government services will be made available on the eBiz platform by 31 December in a bid to streamline clearances that businesses require.

“The eBiz platform aims to create a business- and investor- friendly ecosystem in India by making all business and investment related clearances and compliances available on a 24x7 single portal, with an integrated payment gateway. All central government departments and ministries will integrate their services with the eBiz platform on priority by 31 December this year," Jaitley had said.

The government has so far been able to integrate only 14 central government services on this platform.

Kant said there are 26 such central government services that need to be put on the portal.

The government is also working on bringing all state government services too on this platform. Kant said his department was currently working with “10 top" states for this.

Kant also said states would soon be ranked on the ease of doing business parameter based on a list of 98 action points that DIPP has drawn up in order to stoke competition between them.

“We said that you (states) deliver on all these 98 points by May-end and June-July we will evaluate your performance. So we are putting a third party to assess, examine and analyse the performance of other states," said Kant.

He also added that his department had constituted a committee that would make recommendations on areas where an applicant can provide a self- certification and no clearances would be required to start a business. The report is expected in 30 days.

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