The department of industrial policy and Promotion (DIPP) under India's commerce and industry ministry Thursday announced the launch of 11 central government services on eBiz portal, an official statement said here.
eBiz portal is a government to business portal to improve India's ranking in the ease of doing business. "These services are required for starting a business in the country - four services from ministry of corporate affairs, two services of the Central Board of Direct Taxes, two services of the Reserve Bank of India and one service each from Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation and Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation," an official statement said.
A business-user today avails these services either from the portal of respective ministry/department or by physical submission of forms. With the integration of these services on eBiz portal, he/she can avail all these services 24x7 online end-to-end, that is, online submission of forms, attachments, payments, tracking of status and also obtain the license/permit from this portal. Through eBiz portal, a business user can fill the eForms online/offline, upload the attachments, make payment online and submit the forms for processing of the department.
"He will be provided with copy of challan, which he can save or print, acknowledgement of submission and tracking of status of the form besides receiving sms alerts on important notifications. The certificate/clearance can be downloaded from eBiz. "The eBiz platform, thus, enables a transformational shift in the governments' service delivery approach from being department-centric to customer-centric as a single window portal," the statement said. "We are firmly committed to wide-ranging initiatives aimed at fostering the business environment in the country in a holistic manner. Our approach includes leveraging technology to bring transparency, improve efficiency and promote convenience.
eBiz is an important step in this direction," said Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley in the statement. The portal was conceptualized with support from National Institute of Smart Government (NISG) as the consulting partner and developed by Infosys in a public private partnership (PPP) model for a period of 10 years.
The first three years of the term would be the pilot phase, while the remaining seven years will be the expansion phase. During the pilot phase, 50 (26 central and 24 state) services are being implemented across 10 pilot states - 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 the integration of 11 services, an important milestone in the electronic service delivery mechanism between the citizens' and government departments has been achieved," Jaitley added.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: "The integrated payment gateway, which is also the first of its kind in the country, provides for debiting from and crediting to multiple sources in a completely automated manner. Such a gateway can serve as the universal gateway for all eGovernance applications. All that would be required is integration of the department or the particular service with the eBiz portal."