/Kerala government launches online clearance mechanism for entrepreneurs

Kerala government launches online clearance mechanism for entrepreneurs

KOCHI: Keen to end delays and lethargy in approval of investments, the Kerala government launched an online mechanism that will ensure clearance to proposals within 30 days of application.

The Kerala single window interface for fast, transparent clearances (K-SWIFT) was launched on Monday by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at ASCEND Kerala 2019, an initiative of the government to position the state as an investment hotspot.

Noting that K-SWIFT complements the notion of rebuilding of Kerala, the CM urged the officials for a change in their attitude towards entrepreneurs. In this context, he said the 30-day time limit, which is applicable from village to secretariat level, may be reduced to even 15 days in future.

“Kerala economy has been consumerist where lots of products have buyers, but not much of production is happening in the state. This has to be change,” he told delegates at the conference. “We have to increase MSMEs in the state. Through them, the government aims to provide jobs to around 50,000 people this year.”

He also launched an ‘invest Kerala guide’ brought out by the state government’s department of industries and commerce.

Kerala industry minister E P Jayarajan said any delay in taking steps in the online applications would attract serious measures against the departments and officials.

“Specific industrial parks will be set up in private and public sector as per the types of industry. In rural areas, the area limit will be 25 acres. The urban parks will have 15 acres,” he added. “The government will provide the same facilities of the public parks sector to private parks.”

The minister said around 36,000 MSME units have been established in the state within its two-and-a-half years, generating 1, 24,000 jobs.

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