In an attempt to help Kirana store and Eatery business owners, the government is planning to reduce the number of clearances required for opening a Kirana store and eateries. At present, a total of 28 clearances are required to open a Kirana store, which includes GST registration and license under the Shops and Establishment Act.
The same way, around 17 approvals are required to open a restaurant or a dhaba, ranging from no-objection certificate for a fire to clearance from the food regulator. Notably, these clearances are hyperlocal and vary from one city to another. In comparison, only four clearances are required to open a restaurant in countries like Singapore and China.
The government has promised to make business owners’ life simple and take India into the top 50 in the global ranking of the Ease of Doing Business ranking.
The NRAI (National Restaurants Association of India) cited the prevalence of archaic laws for the obstacles for restaurant owners. For example, a restaurant owner has to submit all 24 documents to the police to serve a sandwich to the customers. Whereas, an individual has to submit just 13 documents for the procurement of a weapon.
DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal trade) is considering to eliminate the need for renewal of licenses. It will help the small businesses owners to focus on running or expanding their business instead of running from one government office another and dealing with inspectors.
A national daily quoted the president of NRAI, Rahul Singh, saying, “Can we please have a uniform code for restaurants at a national level with a digital way of doing business? Currently, we are just getting photocopies the whole day. Not only every state but every city with its various municipal bodies have a different set of rules for restaurants.”
Source: Time Now News