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Anand Sharma launches eBiz portal

Posted on Jan 28, 06:55PM | IBNS

Union Commerce, Industry and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma on Monday launched an eBiz portal at the CII Partnership Summit in Agra.

The portal is India's Government-to-Business (G2B) portal developed by Infosys in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model.

"This Mission Mode Project will mark a paradigm shift in the Government's approach to providing Government-to-Business (G2B) services for India's investor and business communities," said Sharma while launching the portal.

In order to enable businesses and investors to save time and costs and in order to improve the business environment in the country, an online single window was conceptualised in the form of the eBiz Mission Mode Project under the National eGovernance Plan.

Sharma said: "The project aims to create a business and investor friendly ecosystem in India by making all business and investment related regulatory services across Central, State and local governments available on a single portal, thereby obviating the need for an investor or a business to visit multiple offices or a plethora of websites."

He further said that the core value of the transformational project lies in a shift in the governments' service delivery approach from being department-centric to customer-centric.

"eBiz will create a 24x7 facility for information and services and will also offer joined-up services where a single application submitted by a customer, for a number of permissions, clearances, approvals and registrations, will be routed automatically across multiple governmental agencies in a logical manner."

"An inbuilt payment gateway will also add value by allowing all payments to be collected at one point and then apportioned, split and routed to the respective heads of account of Central / State / Para-statal agencies along with generation of challans and MIS reports. This payment gateway is the first of its kind designed in India and can become a universal payment gateway for all eGovernance applications," said Sharma.

The Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, is the Nodal Government Agency responsible for the implementation of the eBiz Project.

Infosys Technologies Ltd. has been selected as the Concessionaire/ Project Implementation Partner and is responsible for the design, development, implementation and maintenance of the eBiz Solution.

Sharma said that the government is "firmly committed to wide-ranging initiatives aimed at fostering the business environment in the country in a holistic manner."

"Our approach includes leveraging technology to bring transparency, improve efficiency and promote convenience. eBiz is an important step in this direction and we are pleased to work in partnership with Infosys on this project, which we hope will become a benchmark for successful Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the country."

The first phase of the project, which was being launched on Monday, provides an interactive tool that helps investors assess the Licenses and Permits requirements while setting up and operating a business in India.

The License and Permit Information wizard will provide authentic information 24X7 to investors and businesses by providing answers to questions in an interview style format.