With an aim to revamp India's business climate, the Indian Government announced
the launch of a National Single Window System
(NSWS) for foreign and
Indian investors, businesses and start-ups in order to fulfil the much-awaited
singular interface between businesses and the Government offices at national
level, by providing them with a one-stop-shop for approvals and clearances.
Post the announcement of NSWS in the Union Budget of 2020-21, DPIIT along with
Invest India were in the process of developing the NSWS portal which is now put
into effect. This portal will do away with requirement of running to and
coordinating with multiple Government offices.
This system has been launched in line with the objective of the Indian
Government viz ease of doing business and ease of living Azadi (i.e. freedom)
from paperwork, duplication and informational unevenness. NSWS aims to eradicate
the earlier stringent process of various business registrations through
Windows within Window
in order to provide a hassle-free procedure to obtain
all business-related necessary approvals, clearances and registrations, through
a single window.
Major Announcements and Key Services
The Indian Government has made the following major announcements in relation
The portal provides for the following key services:
- As per the announcement made by the Indian Government, under Phase-I of
its implementation, the NSWS portal will host approvals across 18 Central
Government Departments and 9 State Governments.
- It is planned that under Phase-II of its implementation, another 14
Central Government Departments and 5 State Governments will be added to the
NSWS portal by December 2021.
- All information will be available on a single dashboard on NSWS,
consisting of applicant's dashboard to apply, track and respond to queries.
- NSWS will provide strength to other schemes and initiatives introduced
by the Indian Government, such as 'Make in India', 'Startup India', various
Production Linked Incentive (PLI) schemes and India Industrial Land Bank
'Know Your Approval' (KYA) Services, which is an information tool that generates
a list of approvals required by any business to commence its operations in
Common Registration Form, which is a single point of submission of information
and documents across Central Ministries and State Governments.
State Registration Form, which enables investors to access Single Window System
of various State Governments.
Applicant Dashboard, which facilitates the investors with a single online
interface to apply, track and respond to the queries relating to approvals,
clearances and registrations across various Ministries and State Governments.
Document Repository, which enables one-time document submission through an
online centralized storage services for investors and thereby eliminating the
need to submit documents at multiple Government portals.
E-Communication Module, which facilitates the investors to respond to queries
and obtain clarifications pertaining to their applications for approvals,
clearances and registrations.
The launch of NSWS is a much-awaited reform in the Indian business ecosystem
which will facilitate the investors, entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing
players in obtaining necessary approvals, clearances and registrations for
setting up and operating businesses in India. NSWS also provides for a platform
where the investors can obtain clarifications in respect of the required
approvals which is likely to simplify and streamline the application procedures
and will also address the issues relating to accountability, transparency and
responsiveness of the Governmental departments.
NSWS has been launched in the backdrop of the announcements made in the Union
Budget 2020-21, which also proposes to set up an Investment Clearance Cell (ICC)
with an objective to provide 'end-to-end' support to prospective investors, such
as advisory in relation to pre-investment requirements, available land banks and
facilitation of several Governmental approvals and clearances.
NSWS and ICC, once implemented, will make the process of obtaining approvals and
clearances more efficient and will reduce the irregularities which are currently
prevalent due to the presence of multiple Government offices and online portals
which often results in lack of clarity, duplicity of information and delay in
obtaining the necessary approvals, clearances and registrations by investors,
entrepreneurs, and businesses in India. NSWS is in its initial phase of
implementation and its viability is yet be tested in the coming few months.
Needless to say, the launch of NSWS is a progressive measure to boost various
objectives of Indian Government, more particularly, the ease of doing business
- Nusrat Hassan, Co-Managing Partner, Link Legal
- Ambuj Sonal, Associate Partner, Link Legal
- Abhinav Anand, Associate, Link Legal
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