GES 2017: Centre, states to ease norms to promote start-ups, says DIPP secretary

Central and state governments are working together to remove regulatory hurdles with a view to encouraging budding entrepreneurs in the […]

   

Central and state governments are working together to remove regulatory hurdles with a view to encouraging budding entrepreneurs in the country, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said on Thursday. At a session of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017 in Hyderabad, Abhishek underscored the need for a differential treatment of sectors such as startups, smart technology and disruptive businesses. “Governments need to be far more sensitive in responding to regulations for disruptive business models and this is something which we are working on… state and central governments and even regulators are trying to work together and many laws we have been able to change in the last one and a half years,” he said. To enhance funding facilities to budding entrepreneurs, the government is in the process of setting up a Rs 2,000 crore credit guarantee fund. This fund will be used to lend to startups without any collaterals. As many as 5,000 startups have registered so far with the DIPP. “We are hoping that Rs 1,600 crore more will be committed by March,” he said, adding that the disbursement depends on the stage of the startup. The secretary further said the government has relaxed norms to increase startups in public procurement processes.

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