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New Delhi : “Launch of National Single Window System (NSWS), is a giant leap, towards making India Aatmanirbhar,” said Union  Commerce & Industry, Textiles, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal while launching the facility. Goyal said that NSWS will usher in Azadi from legacy of running to Govt. offices for approvals and registrations  He said that in this 75 weeks of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, we can share “Azadi ka Amrit” with Investors, Business owners (MSMEs) not only form India but from the world.

The Minister said that PM Modi’s decisive and bold leadership has enabled and encouraged India to dream bigger. His vision has become our mission for the progress of nation and prosperity for crores of citizens, Goyal said.  Need for a single interface between businesses and  Govt at national level has been felt for a long time, he added. Goyal said that this single window portal will become a one-stop-shop for investors for approvals and clearances.

The portal as of today hosts approvals across 18 Central Departments and 9 States, another 14 Central deptts and  5  states will be added by December 2021. Goyal added that all solutions will be there for all at one click of the mouse through ‘End to End’ facilitation.This would bring Transparency, Accountability & Responsiveness in the ecosystem  and all information will.be available on a single dashboard. An applicant Dashboard would be there to apply, track and respond to queries. Services include Know Your Approval (KYA), Common Registration & State registration Form, Document repository and E-Communication, he said, according to a PIB release

Goyal said  today India holds the attention of the world and the entire world is looking at India to rise and claim its rightful place as an economic powerhouse. GDP has grown at over 20% in Q1 FY22, Exports jumped 45.17% in Aug w.r.t. August 2020, Record FDI investment of $81.72 bn in 2020, $ 22.53 bn inflow in first 3 months of this FY ~2X w.r.t. Same period in 2020. Recently, India has jumped to 46th spot on GII, a jump of 35 places in last 6 years, Goyal said. He said that with a rapid recovery, we are back on track to become one of the fastest growing large economies. The Minister said that NSWS will provide strength to other schemes e.g. Make in India, Startup India, PLI scheme etc.

It may be noted that improving India’s business climate is one of the key focus areas of the Government of India. Reiterating its commitment to “Make in India, make for the world”, the government has launched several initiatives recently, including the flagship Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) and the India Industrial Land Bank System. The PLI schemes have been announced for 13 sectors with an overall outlay of USD 27 billion and is set to create manufacturing global champions for an Atmanirbhar Bharat.

One such crucial initiative, announced by the  Finance Minister in the Union Budget speech 2020, is the ambitious Investment Clearance Cell (ICC). While presenting Budget 2020-21, the Finance Minister announced plans to set up an Investment Clearance Cell (ICC) that will provide “end to end” facilitation and support to investors, including pre-investment advisory, provide information related to land banks and facilitate clearances at Centre and State level. The cell was proposed to operate through a online digital portal.

Subsequently, DPIIT along with Invest India initiated the process of developing the portal as a National Single Window System (NSWS), which will provide a single platform to enable investors to identify and obtain approvals and clearances needed by investors, entrepreneurs, and businesses in India.

Extensive consultations were held with Central departments and States, especially the ones with effective Single Window Systems. Furthermore, discussions were undertaken with Industry associations, professional bodies, and legal firms to understand the expectations from the envisioned single window system. This was followed by the creation of Ministry-wise information dockets comprising respective approvals and registrations along with relevant trigger conditions and policies. Each ministry undertook an extensive review and validation exercise to ensure all relevant approvals and registrations were covered in the scope of the National Single Window System.

While this exercise was conducted by the stakeholders, Invest India undertook the design of overall technology architecture suitable for a system scalable across Ministries and States. Invest India evaluated and selected technology implementation partners and started developing the system.

In January 2021, Know Your Approval module was opened for feedback from Industry associations. Meanwhile, Ministries & States started integration with core modules of NSWS for seamless exchange of information. After incorporation of feedback in the KYA module, it was launched in July 2021.