Months after the world bank report brought to fore Maharashtra’s dismal record in ease of doing business, the Industries department has come up with a proposal to bring the single window approval platform under the “right to services Act”.The new policy will allow industries to apply for various permissions under the Right to Service Act and respective agencies will have to approve or reject the applications within a month.”If the project is not cleared within a month, it would automatically come to the Maharashtra industry, trade and investment facilitation cell (Maitri) which will now have the power to approve the project directly,” a top official from Industries department told dna.Maitri also has to follow a deadline of two months to reject or approve the project, said the official.A proposal in this regard was put by the Industries Department for chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ approval on Wednesday.The Right to services Act was launched by the state last year, bringing several citizens services under its ambit. For the first time, services for businesses and industries are also being brought under the Act.The world bank has ranked Maharashtra eighth in India in the “ease of doing business” index.The official said, “The new policy aims to improve the state’s ranking in ease of doing business index which will ultimately boost our Make in Maharashtra scheme. Besides, it would make the approvals more transparent, boosting investors’ confidence.”The Fadnavis government has taken a number of reforms to reduce the red-tape, including amendments to the Factories Act, reduction in the number of approvals from 76 to 37 and relaxation in River Regulatory Zone Regulations.The Maitri was launched in February 2014 to cater to investors and promote investments in the state and facilitate business partnerships. It also functions as a clearing house for all investment-related information, i.e. various clearances, incentives and subsidies, and grievances.Investing more than Rs 100 crore enjoys ‘one-window clearance’ under the Maitri scheme, a set-up of an empowered group of secretaries of various key departments to give all the approvals required for new industries within 30 days.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Industries to get approval under Right to Services Act