• What is National Automotive Board (NAB)?

    National Automotive Board provides a single platform for dealing with all matters relating to the automotive sector especially on matters pertaining to testing, certification, homologation, administering the automotive labs. 

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  • What is National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020?

    The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP 2020) is intended to provide the future roadmap, establish a common set of priorities, broad principles and framework for the adoption of the full range of electric mobility solutions. The initiative aims at enhancing national fuel security, provide affordable and environment-friendly transportation and enable the Indian Automotive Industry to achieve global manufacturing leadership.

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  • What is NATrIPs (National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project)?

    NATrIPs is a unique joining of hands between the Government of India, a number of State Governments and Indian Automotive Industry to create a state of the art Testing, Validation and R&D infrastructure in the country. Presently there are 7 testing facilities finalised. They are:
    a) GARC Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
    b) iCAT Manesar, Haryana.
    c) NATRAX Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
    d) NCVRS Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.
    e) NIAMIT Silchar, Assam.
    f) VRDE Ahmednagar, Gujarat.
    g) ARAI Pune, Maharashtra.

  • What is Automotive Mission Plan (AMP) 2016-2026?

    Automotive mission plan 2016-2026 targets India to be among the top three in the world for engineering, manufacturing and export of vehicles & auto components. You can find more details about achievements, vision and targets on the portal, link. 

  • Which are the concerned government divisions/services for auto and auto-parts?

    The Department of Heavy Industries, Government of India, deals with areas related to vehicles and automotive parts. Entire Automotive industry falls under the concern of Heavy Industries Department.

    For more information, click here.

  • For how long the incentives for the electric and hybrid vehicles of the FAME scheme are applicable?

    The Union cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for implementation of scheme titled 'Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II (FAME India Phase II)' for promotion of Electric Mobility in the country from 2019-20 to 2021-2022

    For more information, click here

  • Is the FAME incentive applicable for multiple xEV purchases by a customer? Or is it possible to get subsidy for bulk orders on a single person’s name or on single company’s names?

    Yes, an individual may buy multiple xEVs and avail the demand incentive applicable for each of them.
    Please visit the link for more information.

  • It is said that Electric Vehicles (EV) are also called as Emission Elsewhere Vehicle (EEV). Is it true that EVs are just transferring emission from city area to the place where power is being generated?

    The fact is that a typical conventional hatchback has 130-140 gm/km of CO2 emission comparing to an electric vehicle for 100 gm/km when charged by grid and when solar charged, there is ~0 gm/km CO2 emission from an electric vehicle.
    Please visit the link for more information.

  • What is the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME) scheme?

    The FAME scheme introduced in April 2012 is to be implemented over a period of 6 years till 2020 to support hybrid/electric vehicles market development and its manufacturing. Under this scheme, demand incentives will be availed by buyers (end users/consumers) upfront at the point of purchase and the same shall be reimbursed by the manufacturers from Department of Heavy Industries, on a monthly basis.

  • Is it necessary to sold sell old gasoline based vehicles to get subsidy under FAME India Scheme?

    No, there is no such condition in the present guidelines.
     

    For more information, please visit the following link.

  • How do citizen avail the demand incentive on the purchase of a xEV?

    The demand incentive benefit will be passed on to the consumer upfront at the time of purchase of the xEV itself by way of paying reduced price.

    For more information, please visit the following link.

  • Are Electric and Hybrid Vehicles available in the market are safe to drive?

    Demand incentive under FAME India scheme is available only to vehicles that are regulated by the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) and meet other qualifying criteria laid out in the FAME scheme. As such these vehicles meet all the safety regulations as applicable in the country.
     

    For more information, please visit the following link.

  • Is the FAME incentive applicable throughout the country?

    Presently scheme is applicable in selected areas like as notified separately broadly covering following cities:
    a) Cities under ’Smart Cities’ initiatives.
    b) Major metro agglomerations – Delhi NCR, Greater Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad.
    c) All State Capitals and other Urban Agglomerations/Cities with 1 Million+ population (as per 2011 census)
    d) Cities of the North Eastern States.
    However, for 2 and 3 wheeler, scheme is applicable in entire country.

    Please visit the link for more information.

  • Which electric vehicles categories are not covered under this FAME scheme?

    The following categories are not covered under the FAME scheme:

    a) E-Rikshaw
    b) Electric Bicycles.
    c) Vehicles used for carrying person/goods used within closed premises like factory, airport etc.
    d) Electric Chair-cars.

    All those vehicles, which are not directly reducing fossil fuel, are not covered under FAME India Scheme.

    For more information, please visit the following link.

  • What is Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)?

    Regional Connectivity Scheme aims to make flying affordable for the masses, to promote tourism, increase employment and promote balanced regional growth. It also intends to put life into un-served and under-served airports.

    For more information, click here.

     

  • What are the major objective under National Policy on Civil Aviation 2016?

    Major objectives under National Policy on Civil Aviation:
    i) Establish an integrated eco-system which will lead to significant growth of civil aviation sector, which in turn would promote tourism, increase employment and lead to a balanced regional growth.
    ii) Ensure safety, security and sustainability of aviation sector through the use of technology and effective monitoring.
    iii) Enhance regional connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development.
    iv) Enhance ease of doing business through deregulation, simplified procedures and e-governance.
    v) Promote the entire aviation sector chain in a harmonised manner covering cargo, MRO, general aviation, aerospace manufacturing and skill development

  • What is the procedure to carry out cargo services related transactions electronically with AAI?

    Any exporter/importer/Customs House Agents/Airlines etc. who wish to transact electronically with AAI, would be mandatory required to get register with AAI at http://aaiclas-ecom.org Registration is mandatory for Message Exchange activities also.

    Registration Process:
    User has to fill up the physical registration form along with relevant documents and submit to Airports Authority of India (AAI). AAI would ascertain the correctness of the details submitted. Users are requested to fill valid E-Mail address and Phone Number(s) in Registration form to enable AAI to perform further communications regarding User ID and Password allocation. Users are requested to immediately change the password(s) assigned by AAI.
    Non Registered Users are not restricted from functionalities pertaining to Consignment Status, Charges Calculation Estimate Sheet and Cargo Procedures. Same features are available for registered users. In addition, Registered Users enjoy the privilege of accessing functionalities related to Printing of Charge related Documents, Payment transactions and Pre- Deposit account related statements.

    For more details please refer the link.

  • What is the procedure for seeking waiver of demurrage charges in import/ export?

    All applications along with relevant documents for waiver of demurrage charges shall be submitted within 15 calendar days from the date the 'Passed out of charge' is issued by customs authorities. However, delay beyond 15 days for submission and upto 30 days would be considered by APD/GM(Cargo) & M(Ops) respectively with the reason for condonation of delay and local finance concurrence.
    AAI has provisions for waiving demurrage charges accrued on export/import cargo, in deserving cases, as per laid down policy approved by the AAI Board. Salient features of the policy are as under:-
    1. Acknowledge request of waiver submitted by hand, on the spot.
    2. Process waiver applications within 15 days if within local powers, and 30 days in respect of cases referred to AAI Hqrs. where-ever all the relevant documents required are furnished along with applications.
    3. Application for Waiver/Remission of demurrage charges to be made by the consignee/shipper within 15 days after the consignment is passed “Out of Charge” or “Let Export Order” by the Customs, to the Airport Director/ G.M.(Cargo)/Dy. General Manager(Cargo), AAI, at the respective airports. It should be accompanied with legible photocopies of relevant documents such as AWB, Bill of Entry (with Customs Examination Report, Pass “out of charge” etc.), Shipping Bill, Detention Certificate of statutory authority , if any.
    4. The consignee/shipper can also make an Appeal to the AAI Appellate Authority for reconsideration of the order passed.
    Copy of waiver policy is available with In-charge of Cargo Dept., AAI and on the website of AAI.
     
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  • What is the policy of Govt. of India on airport infrastructures?

    As per the Govt. of India's Policy on Airport Infrastructures issued in December, 1999, no Greenfield airport will normally be allowed within a distance of 150 kms from the nearest existing airport. Where the Govt. decides to set up a new airport at such place through AAI on social economic consideration, even through the same is not economically viable, suitable grant-in-aid will be provided to AAI to cover both the initial capital cost as well as recurring losses.

    For further information, please click here

  • Whether Passenger Service Fees (PSF) is levied to passengers fund development of new airports?

    Passenger Service Fees (PSF) is levied to meet the expenditure on airport security and passenger facilities at the airports and it is not utilised to fund new development / upgradation of airports.

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  • What is the Development Fee (DF) and why development fee is charged by airport operators?

    Development Fee is a levy made under section 22A of the AAI Act, 1994, inter-alia, for funding or financing the cost of upgradation, modernization or development of the airport. The levy is in the nature of a "pre-funding" charge and is consistent with ICAO policies.

    For further information, please click here

     

  • Which are the concerned industry associations for aviation sector?

    Federation of Indian Airlines is the concerned industry association for aviation sector

    For more information, click here.

  • What are the clauses under performance guarantee?

    Some of the main clauses are as follows:
    a) Airline operator must enter into a three year contract with the implementing agency.
    b) Submit a performance guarantee fees of 5% of the total VGF amount.
    c) Additional guarantee required for non-operational airports.

  • What are the proposal submission requirements of an airline / helicopter operator under the RCS?

    As part of the the proposal submission, an applicant shall be required to submit information under the following categories, as may be specified in detail from time to time:
    a) Information about the Applicant
    b) Technical Proposal
    c) Financial Proposal

  • Whether Banks are required to capture the details of ATMs in registration certificate as a ‘place of business’?

    No. Banks are not required to provide the details of ATMs while applying for registration. For the purposes of registration, ATM on its own does not constitute a place of business, as defined in the CGST Act, 2017.

  • Is it necessary for banks/ insurers to report the details of exempt and non-GST supplies in Table 8 of GSTR-1?

    Yes. In the absence of any specific exemption to the banks/ insurers, the information is required to be provided in the said table.

  • Is a “Bill of Supply” to be issued by a bank for exempt services like interest on loans and advances, inter-se sale or purchase of foreign currency amongst banks?

    As per clause (c) of sub-section (3) of section 31 of the CGST Act, 2017 read with Rule 49 of the CGST Rules, 2017, there is a requirement for issuance of bill of supply for supply of exempt services by Banks. It may be noted, however, that there is no need to issue a separate bill of supply in case any invoice or document has already been issued in accordance with the provisions of any other law. Further, in view of the provisions contained in sub-rule (5) of rule 54 of the CGST Rules, 2017, banks may issue any other document in lieu of bill of supply.

  • Would services provided by banks to RBI be also taxable?

    Yes. Services provided by banks to RBI would be taxable as these are not covered by any of the exemptions or excluded from the purview of GST under the CGST Act, 2017 or under the IGST Act, 2017.

    For more information, click here.

  • Is interest on debt instruments exempt from GST?

    Yes. As debt instruments such as debentures, bonds etc. are in the nature of loans, interest thereon will be exempt from GST.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Health insurance?

    The term health insurance is a type of insurance that covers your medical expenses. A health insurance policy is a contract between an insurer and an individual /group in which the insurer agrees to provide specified health insurance cover at a particular “premium”.

  • What are the factors that affect Health Insurance premium?

    Age is a major factor that determines the premium, the older you are the premium cost will be higher because you are more prone to illnesses. Previous medical history is another major factor that determines the premium. If no prior medical history exists, the premium will automatically be lower.  Claim free years can also be a factor in determining the cost of the premium as it might benefit you with a certain percentage of the discount. This will automatically help you reduce your premium.

  • Whether insurance policies issued to Non-Resident Indians, where the premium is paid through the Non Resident External Bank account, will be ‘export of services’?

    No. The amounts paid from the Non-Resident External Accounts are paid in Indian Rupees and are not received in convertible foreign exchange. Therefore, the conditions for export of services as provided under section 2(6) of IGST Act, 2017 are not satisfied. Life Insurance services in such cases would be treated as inter-State supplies and subject to GST.

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  • What is a unit fund?

    The allocated (invested) portions of the premiums after deducting for all the charges and premium for risk cover under all policies in a particular fund as chosen by the policyholders are pooled together to form a Unit fund.

  • How much of the premium is used to purchase units?

    The full amount of premium paid is not allocated to purchase units. Insurers allot units on the portion of the premium remaining after providing for various charges, fees and deductions. However, the quantum of premium used to purchase units varies from product to product.
    The total monetary value of the units allocated is invariably less than the amount of premium paid because the charges are first deducted from the premium collected and the remaining amount is used for allocating units.

  • Would sale, purchase, acquisition or assignment of a secured debt constitute a transaction in money?

    Sale, purchase, acquisition or assignment of a secured debt does not constitute a transaction in money; it is in the nature of a derivative and hence a security.

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  • What is the mandate of Department of Biotechnology?

    The mandate is as follows:
    1) Promote large scale use of Biotechnology.
    2) Support R&D and manufacturing in Biology.
    3) Responsibility for Autonomous Institutions.
    4) Promote University and Industry Interaction.
    5) Identify and Set up Centres of Excellence for R&D.
    6) Integrated Programme for Human Resource Development.
    7) Serve as Nodal Point for specific International Collaborations.
    8) Establishment of Infrastructure Facilities to support R&D and production.
    9) Evolve Bio Safety Guidelines, manufacture and application of cell based vaccines.
    10) Serve as nodal point for the collection and dissemination of information relating to biotechnology.

  • Does BIRAC offer any capacity building support for researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs?

    Yes, BIRAC conducts roadshows and Intellectual Property workshops to sensitize the target audiences about the BIRAC support for the entrepreneurs and relevance of intellectual property. It also provides a platform for the aspiring entrepreneurs to gain knowledge about effective grant writing skills from the experts in the domain.

  • Are BIOTECH projects approved by the Govt. of India ?

    The portable plants, RCC digesters and waste to electricity plants which are designed and developed by BIOTECH have been approved by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India. So these types of plants installed in India are eligible for the subsidy from MNRE.

  • Does the Department offer any support to researchers in this sector? If yes, then at which stage of the research are they supported in?

    Yes, the Department does offer support to researchers across all the stages of R&D - Ideation/ very early stage (SITARE, E-yuva), ideation to early stage (Biotechnology Ignition Grant Scheme (BIG)), ideation to late stage (Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIRI)), (Biotechnology Industry Partnership Programme (BIPP)), translation (Promoting Academic Research Conversion to Enterprise (PACE)) and for social innovation (Social Innovation programme for Products: Affordable & Relevant to Societal Health) etc. This support is usually through awards, grants for research, provision of enabling platform for different stakeholders to collaborate and innovate. Usually, a researcher submits his/her proposal to Biotechnology Industry Assistance Council (BIRAC) based on which the support is provided.

  • What is agricultural biotechnology?

    Agricultural biotechnology is an advanced technology that allows plant breeders to make precise genetic changes to impart beneficial traits to the crop plants we rely on for food and fiber.

    For centuries farmers and plant breeders have labored to improve crop plants. Traditional breeding methods include selecting and sowing the seeds from the strongest, most desirable plants to produce the next generation of crops. By selecting and breeding plants with characteristics such as higher yield, resistance to pests and hardiness, early farmers dramatically changed the genetic make-up of crop plants long before the science of genetics was understood. As a result, most of today's crop plants bear little resemblance to their wild ancestors.

    The tools of modern biotechnology allow plant breeders to select genes that produce beneficial traits and move them from one organism to another. This process is far more precise and selective than crossbreeding, which involves the transfer of tens of thousands of genes, and provided plant developers with a more detailed knowledge of the changes being made.

  • Does BIRAC also support in any exchange programs of researchers with other countries?

    Yes, BIRAC and Centre of Entrepreneurial Learning (CEL) of Judge Business School, University of Cambridge have initiated a partnership that enables five BIRAC supported applicants to take part in CfEL’s flagship intensive entrepreneurial boot-camp programme called “IGNITE”, which is aimed at providing academics (PhDs, post-docs and scientists) entrepreneurial opportunities to explore their innovative ideas and transform them into a business project. CfEL provides one week intense mentorship and training to the BIRAC supported candidates and for second week encourage them to interact and learn from the Cambridge’s entrepreneurial cluster.

  • Does the Government offer any grants or fellowships to the students in the biotechnology division?

    The Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology offers various types of fellowships for students based on the level of education i.e. to encourage students who wish to pursue doctoral studies, post-doctoral studies. There is also an exchange programme between India and US in the field of biotechnology.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Grand Challenges India (GCI)?

    Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development. In 2012, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) signed an umbrella Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on mission-directed research and build Grand Challenges India to support health research and innovation which is the GCI. Under the GCI, proposals are called under various relevant topics on innovative solutions to help expand the pipeline of ideas to develop new preventions, therapies and interventions in this sector.

  • Does BIRAC offer any support to start-ups?

    The Bioincubators Nurturing Entrepreneurship for Scaling Technologies (BioNest) allows harnessing of the entrepreneurial potential of start-ups by providing access to infrastructure as well as mentoring and networking platforms that the start-ups could use during their fledgling days. So far BIRAC has supported twenty bioincubation centers across India on similar lines.

    For relevant guidelines, access the link.

  • What is the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) Incubators SEED Fund?

    Under Incubator SEED Fund, BIRAC will provide Grant-in-aid Assistance to selected BIRAC funded incubators based on certain establishment and operational criteria. Initially BIRAC shall identify up to five incubators and expand further in due course. Each such selected incubator will be granted up to $ 300,000 for implementation of SEED Fund. Each incubator can design a selection process to screen & select startups for equity and operational funding through SEED Fund (e.g Accelerator program or Direct investment).

  • Who can apply for DHI Capital Goods Scheme?

    Generally, a group of industry beneficiaries can make a proposal. Technology developers or infrastructure SPVs could also make a proposal which includes Central/State PSUs.

  • Where are the forms for 'project import scheme' available?

    The general information and related forms relating to application for seeking concessional rate of customs duty under ’Project Import’ Scheme can be found at the following link. 

     

  • What is the capital goods skill council?

    Department of Heavy Industry has been instrumental in setting up Capital Goods Skill Council. Through this organization National Skill Standards are being notified with the purpose of defining skill needs of the industry. This way training institutions will be able to impart skills which are valued by employers in Industry. The Council has been targeted to benefit 10 million people in this way. 

  • What is the funding pattern under TAFP?

    Department of Heavy Industry has been instrumental in setting up Capital Goods Skill Council. Through this organization National Skill Standards are being notified with the purpose of defining skill needs of the industry. This way training institutions will be able to impart skills which are valued by employers in Industry. The Council has been targeted to benefit 10 million people in this way. 

  • What is Technology Acquisition Fund Programme (TAFP)?

    TAFP will provide financial assistance to Indian capital goods industry to facilitate acquisition of strategic and relevant technologies and also development of technologies through contract route, in-house route or JV. 

  • What is the capital goods policy 2016?

    National Capital Goods Policy is envisaged to provide ecosystem for capital goods growth and ensuring sustained incentive for domestic manufacturers to service domestic as well as export market demand. 

  • What is Indian Electrical Equipment Industry Mission Plan 2012-2022?

    The plan aims at assured availability of quality power at competitive rate which is a sine qua non for industrial and economic development.
    For an efficient and developed power sector in a country of India’s size, a strong domestic electrical equipment manufacturing base is essential.

  • Is there a focus on start-ups in capital goods sector?

    One of the key recommendations of the National Capital Goods Policy is To create a 'Start-up Center for Capital Goods Sector' shared by Department of Heavy Industries and Capital Goods industry/industry association in 80:20 ratio to provide an array of technical, business and financial support resources and services to promising start-ups in both the manufacturing and services space.

  • What is Capital Goods in GST?

    As per section 2(19) of CGST Act, Capital Goods means goods, the value of which is capitalized in the books of account of the person claiming the input tax credit and which are used or intended to be used in the course or furtherance of business. 

  • What is the meaning of ’Unavailed Cenvat Credit of Capital goods’ for the purpose of GST Act and Rules?

    The expression 'unavailed CENVAT credit' means the amount that remains after subtracting the amount of CENVAT credit already availed in respect of capital goods by the taxable person under the existing law from the aggregate amount of CENVAT credit to which the said person was entitled in respect of the said capital goods under the existing law. For example, as per the existing provision of Cenvat Credit Rule, Cenvat credit on capital goods can be availed @ 50% on the year of purchase and 50% can be availed at any other subsequent year from the year of purchase. There is possibility that the unavailed cenvat credit be there on the appointment day.

  • What are the objectives of the scheme for setting up of plastic parks in India?

    The major objectives of the scheme are:
    1) Increase the competitiveness, polymer absorption capacity and value addition in the domestic downstream plastic processing industry through adaptation of modern, research and development led measurers.
    2) Increase investments in the sector through additions in capacity and production, creating quality infrastructure and other facilitation to ensure value addition and increase in exports.
    3) Achieve environmentally sustainable growth through innovative methods of waste management, recycling, etc.
    4) Adopt a cluster development approach to achieve the above objectives owing to its benefits arising due to optimization of resources and economies of scale.

    For more details, please visit the following link. 

  • What is the meaning of SCOMET?

    SCOMET is an acronym for Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies. 

    For more details, please visit the following link. 

  • What are dual-use goods and technologies?

    Dual-use items are goods, software, technology, chemicals etc. which can be used for both civil and military applications. Such items require an authorization for exporting out of the country. India’s list of items which need an export license is known as the SCOMET list. 

    Please visit the following link for more information.

  • Is export of SCOMET items regulated?

    Yes, export of items in the SCOMET list is regulated as per India’s Foreign Trade Policy. Export is either prohibited or is permitted under an authorization. 
    For more details, please visit the link. 

  • What is Cluster Development Scheme (CDS)?

    Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has announced the Scheme for Cluster Development Programme for Pharma Sector in July 2014 to enhance quality, productivity and innovative capabilities of the SME pharma sector in the country.

  • Where can we find the list of SCOMET items?

    Appendix 3 of Schedule 2 of ITC (HS) Classification contains the control list of India which is also referred to as the SCOMET list. You can go to the DGFT website to see the complete list. In the list as appearing in Appendix 3 of Schedule 2 of ITC (HS) Classification, SCOMET items are listed under eight (9) categories as follows:
    a) Category 0: Nuclear material, nuclear-related other materials, equipment and technology.
    b) Category 1: Toxic chemical agents and other chemicals.
    c) Category 2: Micro-organisms, toxins.
    d) Category 3: Material, Materials Processing Equipment, and related technologies.
    e) Category 4: Nuclear-related other equipment, assemblies and components; test and production equipment; and related technology, not controlled under Category 0.
    f) Category 5: Aerospace systems, equipment including production and test equipment, related technology and specially designed components and accessories thereof.
    g) Category 6: Munitions List.
    h) Category 7: Electronics, computers, and information technology including information security.
    i) Category 8: Special Materials and Related Equipment, Material Processing, Electronics, Computers, Telecommunications, Information Security, Sensors and Lasers, Navigation and Avionics, Marine, Aerospace and Propulsion.
    Each category contains exhaustive listing of items covered under that category. Special conditions applicable to items under different categories are mentioned under each category. 
    For more details, please visit the following link.

  • What is Pharmaceutical Promotion Development Scheme (PPDS)?

    Pharmaceutical Promotion Development Scheme (PPDS) is meant for promotion, development and export promotion in Pharmaceutical sector. Under PPDS the Department of Pharmaceuticals on its own or through financial support by way of Grant-in-aid to the institutions, organizations, voluntary organizations or NGOs as mentioned in Rule 206 of GFR 2005:
    1) Conduct Training/knowledge improvement programs/activities on issues/subjects relevant to growth of pharmaceutical industry.
    2) Organize Summits, Convention, Exhibitions, Pharmacy week, meetings etc. in India and abroad and produce promotional materials like films, displays etc.
    3) Conduct research studies, sector reports etc.
    4) Purchase books, quality standards, pharmacopoeias, magazines, directories, software for developing information data banks, developing e-learning modules etc.
    5) Give awards to achievers in pharmaceutical industry.
    6) For any other activity not covered under above categories which may be decided by the Department of Pharmaceuticals from time to time.

  • Who gives license for Category 0 items in the SCOMET list?

    Licensing authority for items in Category 0 in Appendix 3 to Schedule 2 of ITC (HS) is Department of Atomic Energy. Applicable guidelines are notified by the Department of Atomic Energy under Atomic Energy Act, 1962. For certain items in Category 0, formal assurances from the recipient State will include non-use in any nuclear explosive device. Authorizations for export of certain items in Category 0 will not be granted unless transfer is additionally under adequate physical protection and is covered by appropriate International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, or any other mutually agreed controls on transferred items. Export of items specified under the Note 2 of the ‘Commodity Identification Note’ of the SCOMET list would also be permitted against an authorization granted by the Department of Atomic Energy. 
    For more details, please visit the following link. 

  • What is PCPIR?

    Government of India has approved 4 Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Regions (PCPIRs) in the state of Andhra Pradesh (Vishakhapatnam), Gujarat (Dahej), Odisha (Paradeep) and Tamil Nadu (Cuddalore and Naghapattinam) to promote investment and industrial development in these sectors.

    The PCPIR is envisioned to reap the benefits of co-siting, networking and greater effiencies through use of common infrastructure and support services. Each PCPIR is a specifically delineated region having an area of about 250 sq. km. wherein 40% of the area has to be for processing activities.

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  • What are the documents to be submitted for the application on SCOMET Authorization?

    The following documents need to be uploaded online while making the application:
    i) End Use-cum-End User Certificate(s) (EUC) from all the firms/entities involved in the supply chain of the product(s) (to be furnished on their letter head duly signed by the authorised signatory).
    ii) Copy(ies) of Purchase Order(s) of firm(s) involved in the supply chain of the item/product.
    iii) Aayat Niryat Form (ANF)-1 (Profile of Exporter).
    iv) Elaborate technical specification relating to item of export.
    v) Copy(ies) of supply contract/agreement {if documents are bulky only the relevant portion containing contract reference and parties to the contract and the portion indicating the item(s) to be supplied and quantity thereof not exceeding 10 pages shall be uploaded).
    vi) Copy of DGFT authorization letter for the same product, if any in case of application for repeat orders.

    Hard copy (Paper copy) of the following documents are required to be submitted to DGFT (HQ):
    i) Original End Use-cum-End User Certificate (EUC).
    ii) Copies of Bills of Entry into the destination country for items exported during the last one year. 
    For more details, please visit the following link.

  • What is Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana/National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM)?

    National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA), Government of India in 24th September, 2013 by replacing the existing Swarna Jayanti Shahari RozgarYojana (SJSRY).The NULM will focus on organizing urban poor in their strong grassroots level institutions, creating opportunities for skill development leading to market-based employment and helping them to set up self-employment venture by ensuring easy access to credit. The Mission is aimed at providing shelter equipped with essential services to the urban homeless in a phased manner.

  • What is Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016?

    The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 is an Act of the Parliament of India which seeks to protect home-buyers as well as help boost investments in the real estate industry. The Act came into force from 1 May 2016. The key highlights of the act are:
    1) Mandatory to register with Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) for all commercial and residential real estate projects where the land is over 500 square metres, or eight apartments for launching a project, in order to provide greater transparency in project-marketing and execution.
    2) Registration of Real estate agents who facilitate selling or purchase of properties with RERA
    3) Establish state-level Real Estate Regulatory Authorities (RERAs) to regulate transactions related to both residential and commercial projects and ensure their timely completion and handover.
    4) Upon receipt of an application by the promoter, the Regulator Authority shall within a period of 30 days, grant or reject the registration. If the Regulatory Authority fails to grant or reject the application of the promoter within the period of 30 days, then the project shall be deemed to have been registered.
    5) The registration, if granted, will be valid until the period of completion of the project as committed by the promoter to the Regulatory Authority. Extension by one year only due to force majeure and on payment of fee.
     

  • What are various components of NULM?

    The following are the 7 components of NULM:
    1) Social Mobilization and Institution Development (SM&ID).
    2) Employment through Skills Training and Placement (EST&P).
    3) Capacity Building and Training (CBT).
    4) Self-Employment Programme (SEP).
    5) Scheme of Shelter for Urban Homeless (SUH).
    6) Support to Urban Street Vendors (SUSV).
    7) Innovative and Special project (ISP).

  • Who can raise money through Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs)?

    Following are the qualifications for Sponsor(s) of raising Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs)
    1) Net worth of at least $ 15.38 mn in case of body corporate or a company or net intangible assets of $ 15.38 mn in case of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).
    2) Minimum experience of at least five years and has completed at least two projects.
    For further details, please refer to this link.

  • What is the support provided to Urban street vendors under NULM?

    NULM aims at skilling of street vendors, support for micro-enterprises development, and their credit enablement. It also supports development of vendor market, vending zone & informal sector markets with infrastructure/civic facilities such as paving, water supply, solid waste disposal facility, lighting, storage space etc.

  • Who can raise money through Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)?

    Following are the qualifications for Sponsor(s) of raising Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs):
    1) Minimum holding of 5% of total units of REIT with a maximum of 3 sponsors.
    2) Net worth of at least $ 15.385 mn on consolidated basis and $ 3.077 mn on individual basis.
    3) Minimum experience of 5 years in real estate industry for each sponsor and where sponsor is a developer, at least 2 projects of sponsor should be completed.
    For further details, please refer to this link.
     

  • What does India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited do?

    India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) provides long-term funding for infrastructure projects in India.

    For more information, click here.

  • What are investment opportunities under Swachh Bharat Mission?

    Swachh Bharat Mission aims to create a clean India by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by constructing 12 million toilets in rural India, at a projected cost of INR 1.96 lakh crore ($ 29 billion). Government provides an incentive of INR 15,000 ($ 220) for each toilet constructed by a BPL family.

     

  • What is Smart City initiative by GOI?

    The Smart Cities Mission is an urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government of India with the mission to develop 100 smart cities across the country making them citizen friendly and sustainable.

    For more information, click here

  • What is 'Housing for ALL' (urban) scheme of Government of India?

    'Housing for All by 2022' (Urban) scheme of Government of India covers entire urban area consisting of 4041 statutory towns of India. Under this scheme, central grant of $ 1538 per house, on an average, will be available under the slum rehabilitation programme. 

  • What is the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016?

    The DPP is formulated to ensure timely procurement of military equipment, systems and platforms as required by the Armed Forces in terms of performance capabilities and quality standards, through optimum utilisation of allocated budgetary resources. It is worthwhile to mention that the document is not merely a procurement procedure but also an opportunity to improve efficiency of the procurement process to realize the vision of 'Make in India' in the defence sector.

  • How many JVs/ FDI proposals have been approved in the defence sector so far?

    Since May, 2001 after opening the defence production sector for 100% participation in private sector, so far 36 JVs/FDI proposals have been approved for manufacture of wide range of licensable defence items.

  • What is the FDI inflow in the defence sector since the opening for Private Participation?

    As per the FDI statistics available at DIPP’s website, an FDI inflow of $ 5.12 million (INR 25.51 crores) has been received in the country till September 2017 (as per data available on DIPP’s website).

  • Which is the Administrative Ministry for the grant of extension for Defence Industrial Licence? Where should the company apply for extension of Defence Industrial License?

    Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production is the Administrative Ministry for grant of extension of Industrial licence under the I(D&R) Act, 1951 to the private sector. The Company may send their IL extension application to Contract Purchase Officer, Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, D(DIP) Section, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi.

  • What is the permissible FDI limit in the defence sector?

    According to the revised guidelines, Foreign Investment Cap upto 49% is allowed through automatic route and beyond 49% under Government route, wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded. The foreign investment in defence sector is further subject to industrial license under the Industries (Development & Regulation Act), 1951.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is the defence sector overview in recent times?

    The Achievement report of the defence sector covering policy initiatives, R&D and other important areas can be accessed on the link.

  • Is there funding provided by the government for certain categories?

    Yes, projects under 'Make-I' sub-category involves Government funding of 90%, released in a phased manner and based on the progress of the scheme, as per terms agreed between MoD and the vendor.

  • Are the any incentives for MSMEs under DPP?

    DPP 2016 provides great impetus to the MSMEs with certain categories of 'Make' products earmarked exclusively for MSMEs.

  • How are the capital acquisition schemes classified under DPP?

    Capital Acquisition schemes are broadly classified as 'Buy', 'Buy and Make' and 'Make'. In decreasing order of priority the procurement of defence equipment, under this procedure are categorised as follows:
    1) Buy (Indian - IDDM).
    2) Buy (Indian).
    3) Buy and Make (Indian).
    4) Buy and Make.
    5) Buy (Global).

  • Is Foreign Direct Investment allowed in the ESDM sector in India?

    Foreign individuals, companies, foreign institutional investors, foreign venture capitalists, foreign trust, private equity fund, pension/provident fund, sovereign wealth fund, partnership/proprietorship firm, financial institutions, non-resident Indians/person of Indian origin, etc. can invest in India, either on their own or in the form of a joint venture. 100% FDI is allowed under the automatic route in the ESDM sector. However, in defense electronics, subject to industrial license, FDI up to 100% is allowed. (Upto 49% under the automatic approval route and above 49% is under Government route on case to case basis, wherever it is likely to result in access to modern and ‘state-of-art’ technology in the country). The Government has also approved 100% FDI in medical devices via automatic route. There will be no need for Foreign Investment Promotion Board’s permission to acquire an existing company or set up a new manufacturing unit in the medical devices sector. The investor will need to comply with the reporting requirements of the RBI and comply with all other relevant central & state laws & regulations.

  • What is the M-SIPS scheme?

    To offset disability and attract investments in Electronic manufacturing, Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) was notified on 27 July 2012 to offer incentives to certain verticals in the sector. The scheme was initially opened for 3 years till 26 July 2015 but was later extended up to 26 July 2020 post amendments dated 3 August 2015.

  • What are the funding options available for ESDM in India?

    We would like to highlight the Modified Special Incentives Package Scheme (M-SIPS) wherein reimbursement of capex (20% for SEZs and 25% for non-SEZs) is provided encourage investments into the sector. You can get more details on applying for the scheme at the following link: http://www.msips.in/MSIPS/ImportantLinks.do . As part of this scheme, 25% capital expenditure for expansion/ modernization and diversification of existing facility is also reimbursed. You can get more details on applying for the scheme at the following link.

    Further, you can also refer to various funding alternatives available at the SIDBI website by clicking on the following link. 

    In addition to this, please note that the Government has recently launched a debt fund called SIDBI Make in India Loan for Enterprises (SMILE), to provide soft term loans and loans in the nature of quasi-equity to MSMEs to meet debt-to-equity norms and pursue growth opportunities in existing MSMEs.
    Further details are available at the link.

     

  • Are there any incentives or schemes for electronics system design and manufacturing sector unit?

    Yes, Department of Electronics and Information Technology has launched the following schemes to promote domestic manufacturing of electronics items:

    1. Under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS), 25% of Capex is eligible for subsidy (20% for units in Special Economic Zones) for all investments made in manufacturing of ESDM products. 
    2. Production subsidy @10% of production turnover (ex-factory) in select high-tech units such as fabrication and ATMP of analog/mixed signal semiconductor chips, power semiconductors, LEDs etc.
    3. Preferential Market Access (PMA)- Preference to domestic manufacturers in Government procurement to promote domestic manufacturing in the country. 
    4. Specified items must meet the specified safety standards under the Compulsory Registration Order (CRO) which has been brought into force from January 3, 2014. The CRO provides a framework to add other electronic items under this regime, thereby providing a quality barrier for unsafe and sub-standard electronic goods.
    5. For common facilities to be used by a set of units as part of a supply chain or in any other form of a cluster, assistance @ 50% subject to a ceiling of $ 8 million is available for common facilities. Such common facilities could include testing facilities, training facilities, social infrastructure, as also up gradation of hard infrastructure including supply of water, power, roads and other logistics. 

    6. Under the skill development scheme, 75-100% of the training fee is reimbursed for any specialized skills that may be required for prospective employees in India (training provided in any training facility recognized by Electronics Sector Skills Council)
    7. A scheme to support 3000 additional PhD (1500 in ESDM and 1500 in IT/ITES) was approved in 2014. Out of 1500 additional PhDs in ESDM, 500 are would be full time and 1000 would be part time. In addition, 100 PhDs (full-time) are to be supported by industry/State Government as a part of this scheme.

    Please refer link for details on incentives.

  • What is Electronics Development Fund Policy?

    Electronics Development Fund Policy provides a framework to set up an Electronics Development Fund (EDF) as a Fund of Funds which will foster R&D and innovation in technology sectors like electronics, IT and nano-electronics. EDF will support Venture Funds and Angel Funds, which will be professionally managed and are dedicated to these sectors.

  • What are the objectives of the national policy on electronics?

    Government of India has notified the national policy on electronics in 2012. Some of its main
    objectives include:
    1) Achieve Net Zero Import by 2020.
    2) Achieve a turnover of $ 400 billion by 2020 with investments of $ 100 billion.
    3) Generating 28 million jobs.
    4) Build strong supply chain of raw materials, parts and electronic components.

  • Can existing units claim benefits under M-SIPS?

    The MSIPS is applicable to investments in new ESDM units, expansion of capacity/modernization
    and diversification of existing ESDM units. ESDM unit shall mean a unit engaged in design and 
    manufacturing of the electronics and nano-electronics and their accessories. It includes all stages of
    value addition and also includes electronics manufacturing services.
    Expansion of existing unit would mean increase in the value of fixed capital investment in plant &
    machinery of an ESDM unit by not less than 25% for the purpose of expansion of
    capacity/modernization and diversification.

  • What are different Electronic Manufacturing Clusters?

    Foreign individuals, companies, foreign institutional investors, foreign venture capitalists, foreign trust, private equity fund, pension/provident fund, sovereign wealth fund, partnership/proprietorship firm, financial institutions, non-resident Indians/person of Indian origin, etc. can invest in India, either on their own or in the form of a joint venture. 100% FDI is allowed under the automatic route in the ESDM sector. However, in defense electronics, subject to industrial license, FDI up to 100% is allowed (Upto 49% under the automatic approval route and above 49% is under Government route on case to case basis, wherever it is likely to result in access to modern and ‘state-of-art’ technology in the country). The Government has also approved 100% FDI in medical devices via automatic route. There will be no need for Foreign Investment Promotion Board’s permission to acquire an existing company or set up a new manufacturing unit in the medical devices sector. The investor will need to comply with the reporting requirements of the RBI and comply with all other relevant central & state laws & regulations.

  • How much grant-in-aid is provided for storage infrastructure under Scheme for Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure under PMKSY?

    For storage infrastructure including pack house and pre cooling unit, ripening chamber and transport infrastructure, grant-in-aid @ 35% for General Areas and @ 50% for North East States, Himalayan States, ITDP Areas & Islands, of the total cost of plant & machinery and technical civil works will be provided.

    Please visit the following link for more information.

  • What is National Livestock Mission?

    National Livestock Mission is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. The mission, which commenced from 2014-15, has been designed with the objective of sustainable development of the livestock sector. 
    NABARD is the subsidy channelizing agency under Entrepreneurship Development & Employment Generation (EDEG) component of National Livestock Mission. This includes:
    1) Poultry Venture Capital Fund (PVCF).
    2) Integrated Development of Small Ruminants and Rabbit (IDSRR).
    3) Pig Development (PD).
    4) Salvaging and Rearing of Male Buffalo Calves (SRMBC).

  • How much grant-in-aid is provided for value addition and processing infrastructure under Scheme for Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure under PMKSY?

    For value addition and processing infrastructure including frozen storage/ deep freezers associated and integral to the processing, grant-in-aid @ 50% for General Areas and @ 75% for North East States, Himalayan States, ITDP Areas & Islands, will be provided

    For more information, please click here
     

  • What is the Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure scheme?

    It is common knowledge that there is a need to promote agriculture marketing infrastructure projects for reducing the involvement of intermediates and minimizing post-harvest losses. A robust agriculture marketing infrastructure will ensure better remuneration to farmers and supply of better quality products to consumers and processing industries. During the XII plan period, the estimated investment for marketing infrastructure and value chain development was $ 8.61 billion .

    To address this need, the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC), Govt. of India has introduced the Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) Scheme by merging the earlier GrameenBhandaranYojana (GBY) and the Scheme for Development/Strengthening of Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure, Grading and Standardization (AMIGS).

  • How much grant-in-aid is provided for irradiation facilities under Scheme for Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure under PMKSY?

    For irradiation facilities grant-in-aid will be provided @ 50% for General Areas and @ 75% for North East States, Himalayan States, ITDP Areas & Islands
    For more information, click here

     

  • What is interest subvention to Small and Marginal Farmers against Negotiable Warehouse Receipts?

    In order to discourage distress sale of produce by farmers and to encourage them to store their produce in warehouses against warehouse receipts, Government of India (GoI) had introduced a scheme in 2011-12 for extending concessional loans to the farmers against negotiable warehouse receipts. Post-harvest loans against Negotiable Warehouse Receipts (NWR) provided by banks to Small and marginal farmers (SF/MF) having Kisan Credit Cards, would be eligible for interest subvention, for a period of up to six months on the same rate as available to crop loan. 

    SF/MF, who have not availed crop loans through banking system, would not be eligible. No additional subvention towards prompt repayment, as is available for crop loans, is envisaged under the scheme.

  • How much Foreign Direct Investment is allowed in food processing sector?

    a) 100% FDI is permitted under the Automatic route in food processing industries

    b) 100% FDI is allowed through Government Approval route for trading, including through e-commerce in respect of food products manufactured or produced in India.

    For more information, click here.

  • Can foreign investors, private equity arms of foreign firms become members in SPV and invest in creation of common infrastructure in form of equity?

    Yes, such firms can join hands with Indian promoters to form the Special Purpose Vehicle and invest in the project by way of contributing equity. It may also be noted here that foreign direct investments in food processing sector is allowed under automatic route in India. However, adequate documents with regard to net worth and other relevant financial details in respect of such firms must be provided with the EOI proposal.

  • What types of industries/units are permitted in Mega Food Park?

    Only food processing industries/units that make food products fit for human and animal consumption are permitted to be set up in the Mega Food Parks. Packaging facilities of food products as ancillary to the food processing industries will also be eligible for setting up in the Mega Food Parks. However, setting up of alcoholic beverage unit as an anchor unit will not be allowed.

  • What is ’eligible project cost’ in Mega food park?

    The ‘eligible project cost’ is the total project cost but excludes cost of land, preoperative expenses and margin money for working capital. However, interest during construction(IDC) as part of preoperative expenses and fee to PMC up to 2% of the approved grant would be considered under eligible project cost (refer para. 4.1 of guidelines, at the link).

  • What are the GST benefits under gems and jewellery sector?

    Few Goods and Services Tax (GST) benefits under the gems and jewellery sector is as follows:
    a) Rate of duty on cut and polished colored gemstones changed from 2.5% to 5%.
    b) Rate of duty on diamonds including lab grown diamonds-semi processed, halfcut or broken, non-industrial diamonds including lab-grown diamonds (other than rough diamonds), including cut and polished diamonds changed from 2.5% to 5%.
    c) Rate of duty on Imitation Jewellery changed from 15% to 20%.

  • What is the aim of Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme?

    The Government of India launched the Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme. This scheme enables the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to issue gold bonds denominated in grams of gold individuals in consultation with Ministry of Finance. This scheme provides an alternative to owning physical gold.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Bureau of Indian Standards Hallmarking scheme?

    The BIS Hallmarking Scheme has been aligned with International criteria on hallmarking. As per this scheme, Registration is granted to the jewellers by BIS under Hallmarking Scheme. The BIS certified jewellers can get their jewellery hallmarked from any of the BIS recognized Assaying and Hallmarking Centres.

    For more information, click here.

     

  • If I want to bring in another sub-brand, can I do so?

    Yes, but one need to set up a separate entity to undertake retail trading of the other brand.

    Please refer to Retail sector FAQs for more information.

  • How much foreign investment is allowed under opening a jewellery store in Duty-free area?

    100% FDI is now permitted under automatic route in Duty Free Shops.

    For more information, click here.

  • Banks import gold / silver on consignment basis where the ownership of the metal is with the supplier of the bullion which maybe an overseas entity. Is the overseas entity required to have GST registration because currently they do not file returns and are governed by multi-nation treaties?

    This amounts to an import in accordance with the definition of the word “import” in the IGST Act, 2017 which provides that “bringing into India of any goods from any place outside India” is an import of the goods. What is material in this definition is the mere act of bringing into India; the ownership is not material for determining whether an import has taken place. Banks, being registered entities, would be liable to pay IGST on such imports but not the overseas entities since they are not effecting the import.

  • Is different GST rates applicable on the sale of a gold chain?

    GST is payable at the rate of 3% of the total transaction value of jewellery, whether the making charge is shown separately or not.

    For more information, click here.

  • Gold and silver imported by banks/nominated agencies on consignment basis are lying in stock as on 1st July. Clarification is required on how to charge the customers in transition phase from VAT to GST. Will customers be liable to pay GST rates?

    GST is payable @ 3% with effect from 01.07.2017.

    For more information, click here.

  • Whether advertising and communication material (banners/hoardings/posters) provided to distributors would be treated as supply in the course of business by the company thereby not requiring any reversal of ITC (Input Tax Credit)?

    1. Where the material is provided free of cost: This would not amount to a supply and hence no tax is payable on such transaction and in such a case credit availed by the company would need to be reversed in accordance with section 17(5) of the CGST Act, 2017.

    2. Where the material is provided for a consideration: This would amount to a normal supply.

    For more information, click here.

  • When we issue gold as raw material to our Job Worker for Job Work and he returns that gold as finished goods, what GST treatment will be done and how to calculate the value?

    The job worker, if registered, would be required to pay GST at the rate of 5% on job charges only. The jewellery manufacturer would in turn take credit of GST paid on such job work and may utilize the same for payment of GST on his outward supply of manufactured jewellery.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is CGHS?

    For the last six decades Central Government Health Scheme is providing comprehensive medical care to the Central Government employees and pensioners enrolled under the scheme. In fact CGHS caters to the healthcare needs of eligible beneficiaries covering all four pillars of democratic set up in India namely Legislature, Judiciary, Executive and Press. CGHS is the model Health care facility provider for Central Government employees & Pensioners and is unique of its kind due to the large volume of beneficiary base, and open ended generous approach of providing health care.
    CGHS provides health care through following systems of Medicine: 
    1) Allopathic
    2) Homoeopathic
    3) Indian system of medicine
    4) Ayurveda
    5) Unani
    5) Siddha 
    6) Yoga

  • What do you mean by Family Floater Policy?

    Family Floater is one single policy that takes care of the hospitalization expenses of your entire family. The policy has one single sum insured, which can be utilised by any/all insured persons in any proportion or amount subject to maximum of overall limit of the policy sum insured. Quite often Family floater plans are better than buying separate individual policies. Family Floater plans takes care of all the medical expenses during sudden illness, surgeries and accidents.

  • What are the different options for availing CGHS services to pensioners?

    Pensioners Residing in CGHS covered areas:
    a) They can get themselves registered in CGHS dispensary after making requisite contribution and can avail both OPD and IPD facilities.
    b) Such Pensioners are not eligible for Fixed Medical Allowance in lieu of CGHS.
    Pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas:
    i) They can opt for availing Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) at $15.38 per month by not paying any contribution.
    ii) They can also avail benefits of CGHS (OPD and IPD) by registering themselves in the nearest CGHS city after making the required subscription. In such cases no Fixed Medical Allowance is given.
    iii) They also have the option to availing FMA for OPD treatment and CGHS only for IPD treatments after making the required subscriptions as per CGHS guidelines. 
     

  • How developed is the healthcare industry in India for investments?

    Healthcare is one of the most promising sectors to invest in India. Being the second largest population of world, India has ever rising demand of good healthcare and world-class facilities. Healthcare industry, which comprises hospitals, health insurance, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine and medical tourism, is a $150 Bn industry as of 2018 and is expected to reach $280 Bn by 2022

  • What is Ayushman Bharat?

    Ayushman Bharat is a centre-operated health scheme which can potentially cover over 10 crores poor and underprivilege families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries)

    a. It provides coverage of up to INR5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization

    b. National Health Protection Mission will incorporate the GOI sponsored schemes - Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS)

    c. To regulate expenses, treatment payments will be made on the grounds of the package price (to be established in advance by the government)

    d. For policy directions and better co-ordination, Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission Council (AB-NHPMC) will be established at the apex stage, chaired by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare of the Union

    e. The benefits of the scheme are portable throughout the country and a beneficiary covered by the scheme will be allowed to receive cashless benefits from any public / private hospital throughout the country

  • What are the trending technologies in India’s healthcare industry that I can invest in?

    There are various trending technologies which are being used in healthcare. Some of the key technologies are:

    • Robotic Process Automation (RPA): RPA can assist healthcare organizations in improving operational effectiveness, reduce expenses and restrict human error when handling data (such as Clinical documentation, Physician credentialing, Patient self-pay admin, Medicare billing, etc.)
    • Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR): AR has reduced our dependence on dissections and has invented new ways to study human anatomy.
    • 3D printing: It has found many uses in curing physical injuries, ranging from precise casts to accurate replacement of bionic parts.  
    • IOT: IoT-enabled systems have revolutionized patient monitoring, Realtime tracking of equipment, effective use of hospital equipment and has increased transparency in health insurance
    • Application of Big data & analytics: Big data relates to the vast amount of information generated by digitizing all that is collected and evaluated through different techniques 
  • Is there any healthcare related GOI scheme similar to Ayushman Bharat?

    Other GOI initiatives:

    • Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana
    • National Tobacco Control Programme
    • Integrated Child Development Service
    • Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana
    • Pulse Polio 
  • What are the Centrally Sponsored Schemes under Ayurvedic, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy?

    Please find below the details of Centrally sponsored schemes under AYUSH:  

    National AYUSH Mission (NAM) comprising of:  

    (i) AYUSH Services  

    (ii) AYUSH Educational Institution  

    (iii) Quality Control of AYUSH Drugs

    For more information, click here.

  • Who are entitled for Central Government Health Scheme facilities?

    The entitled parties include
     1) All Central Govt. employees and their dependant family members residing in CGHS covered areas.
     2) Central Govt. Pensioners and their eligible family members getting pension from Central Civil Estimates
     3) Sitting and Ex-Members of Parliament.
     4) Ex-Governors & Lieutenant Governors.
     5) Freedom Fighters.
     6) Ex-Vice Presidents.
     7) Sitting and Ex-Judges of Supreme Court & High Courts.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Digital India Initiative?

    The Digital India Project is a formalized program initiated on 2 July 2015 by the Government of India. The project envisages a total digital transformation of society and a knowledge-based economy.

  • What are the steps taken by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) to support the growth of the sector?

    The steps taken are as follows:
    a) Infrastructure support: The Department has set up Information Technology Investment Regions (ITIRs). These regions are supported equipped with excellent infrastructure.
    b) R&D promotion: 150% of expenditure incurred on in-house R&D is also available under the Income Tax Act.
    In addition to the existing scheme for funding R&D projects, the department has put in place the 2 key schemes:
    i) Support International Patent Protection in Electronics & IT (SIP-EIT).
    ii) Multiplier Grants Scheme (MGS).
    c) Tax incentives: Over the years, the Government has been taking steps to bring down the total taxation level on electronics hardware.

  • What are the three visions of Digital India?

    The DI initiative has been planned into three vision areas:  

    • Digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen is the vison which mainly talks about high-speed internet, mobile phone and bank account, access to a common service centre, private space on cloud, secure cyberspace
    • Governance and services on demand focuses on integrated services, availability of services on mobile platform, portable citizen entitlements on cloud, geospatial information systems as decision support systems
    • Digital empowerment of citizens concentrates on digital literacy, digital resources, digital resources and services in Indian languages, collaborative digital platform, no physical submission of documents
  • What is the overview of the IT BPM sector in India and the performance of this sector in recent times?

    India's IT BPM industry amounts for 56% of the global outsourcing market size. The sector has witnessed a series of investments in recent times. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has approved 67 proposals worth $ 2.5 bn; 16 venture funds have been set up and equity inflow of $ 1.8 bn in computer software and hardware sector.

    You can find details regarding reforms, information on sub-sectors and government targets and initiatives in the Achievement report at the link.

  • What is e-education or Swayam?

    The project Study of Active Networks –Education for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) seeks to provide learners with learning opportunities whenever, anywhere and everywhere, but within a standardized framework. Therefore, SWAYAM is different because it exists in a controlled environment for massive open online courses (MOOCs). Cost-free courses are available from 9th to PhD for all graduates.

  • Which IT Enabled Services are considered to be part of BPO operations?

    As per Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) notification No. 890E dated 26 September 2000, the list of eligible IT enabled services under BPO operations considered in IBPS are as under:
    i) Back office operations.
    ii) Call centres.
    iii) Content Development or Animation.
    iv) Data Processing.
    vi) Geographic information System Services.
    vii) Human Resource Services.
    viii) Insurance Claim processing.
    ix) Legal Databases.
    x) Medical Transcription.
    xi) Payroll.
    xii) Remote Maintenance.
    xiii) Revenue Accounting.
    xiv) Support Centres.
    xv) Website services.

    As per NASSCOM, BPO includes following processes that may be IT-enabled, do not necessitate on-shore presence and are hence, offshore-able:
    1) Customer Interaction & Support (CIS)- CIS includes all forms of IT-enabled customer contact, inbound or outbound, voice or non-voice based support used to provide customer services, sales and marketing, technical support and help desk services.
    2) Finance & Accounting (F&A)- F&A includes activities such as general accounting, transaction management (account receivables and payables management), corporate finance (e.g. treasury and risk management, and tax management); compliance management and statutory reporting, etc.
    3) Horizontal-specific BPM services- Services that are reasonably similar across industries. Horizontal BPM services include Customer Interaction and Support (CIS), Finance and Accounting (F&A) and other related processing services, Knowledge Services, Human Resource Management (HRM), Procurement BPM, etc.
    4) Human Resources Processing- HR processing services includes services that support the core HR activities plus talent management activities and associated business processes such as benefits, payroll and talent management.

  • What is Digital Farming?

    ICT has contributed to another agricultural revolution. Many ICT projects for the agricultural sector have been implemented by the government, state and private sectors such as Karshaka Information Systems Services and Networking (KISSAN) Kerala, Village Resource Center (VRC)–Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and e-Krishi. Collectively it is called digital farming.

  • What are the Export Promotion Schemes offered by the Ministry of Technology and Information Technology (MeITY)?

    The two major export promotion schemes launched under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology are:
     

    1) Software Technology Parks (STPs): STP of India was set up as an autonomous body in 1991.
     Some of the benefits offered are:
     a) Customs duty exemption
     b) Accelerated depreciation
     c) 100% FDI permitted through automatic route.


     2) Special Economic Zone (SEZ): They were set up with an objective of providing an international competitiveness. Some of the benefits are:
     a) 100% income tax exemption on export income
     b) Duty free import. Please note that SEZ are for multiple sectors and these benefits extend to sectors other than IT BPM 

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Digi Locker?

    Available on both websites and portable applications, is a digital cabinet to store all your files. Linked to both Aadhaar card and mobile phone numbers, DigiLocker eliminates the use of physical papers as part of the Digital India drive of the government as all information is placed in the cloud.

  • How local entrepreneurs can participate in IBPS?

    An entrepreneur can form a Consortium with a Company registered anywhere under Companies Act 1956/2013 which is able to fulfil the other eligibility criteria(s). The eligible Indian Company must have at least 26 % equity shareholder in the Consortium and commit to maintain minimum equity shareholding (26%) for at least three years.

  • What is the Leather sector overview of India?

    India is the second largest producer of footwear and leather garments in the world and accounts for 13% of the world's leather production of hides/skin. An overview of the sector can be accessed from the Achievement report on the link.

  • What are the major initiatives undertaken by the government in recent times in the leather sector?

    Indian Leather Development Programme:

    1. One of the major activities under Indian Leather Development Programme is to provide placement linked skill development training to unemployed youth.

    2. Provide employment through well planned training in leather and footwear industry.

    3. For augmentation of institutional infrastructure, assistance has been provided for establishment of two new branches of Footwear design and development Institute (FDDI) at Banur (Punjab) and Ankleshwar ( Gujarat).

    4. Approval has been given for setting-up Mega leather Cluster (MLC) at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

  • What is the eligibilty criteria of ILDP Scheme?

    All existing units in leather and leather products, including tanneries, leather goods, saddlery, leather footwear and footwear components sector having cash profits for 2 years, undertaking viable and bankable programmes on technology up-gradation on or after 29th August 2008 are eligible for assistance.

  • What is Central Sector Scheme Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP)?

    The scheme is aimed at enabling existing tanneries, footwear, footwear components, and leather products units to upgrade leading to productivity gains, right-sizing of capacity, cost cutting, design and development simultaneously encouraging entrepreneurs to diversify and set up new units in the areas.

  • Where are major production centers for leather and leather products in India?

    The major production centers for leather and leather products in India are located in the states of :
    1) Tamil Nadu – Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Vaniyambadi, Vellore, Pernambut, Trichy, Dindigul and Erode. 
    2) West Bengal – Kolkata.
    3) Uttar Pradesh – Kanpur, Agra, Noida, Saharanpur; Maharashtra – Mumbai.  
    4) Punjab – Jallandhar. 
    5) Karnataka – Bangalore. 
    6) Andhra Pradesh – Hyderabad. 
    7) Haryana  – Ambala, Gurgaon, Panchkula, Karnal and Faridabad. 
    8) Delhi. 
    9) Madhya Pradesh – Dewas. 
    10) Kerala – Calicut and Ernakulam / Cochin. 
    11) Rajasthan - Jaipur. 
    12) Jammu & Kashmir - Srinagar.

  • What is IDLS?

    IDLS sub-scheme proposes to incentivize investment and manufacturing including job creation by providing backend investment grant/subsidy @ 30% of the cost of new plant and machinery to micro, small and medium enterprise and @ 20% of the cost of plant and machinery to other units for modernization/technology upgradation in existing units and also for setting up of new units. The proposal under this sub-scheme is to incentivize 1000 units in leather, Footware and Accessories & Components sector during the three years with proposed outlay of $ 65.38 mn.
    For further details please access following link.

  • What are the subschemes under IFLADP?

    The following are the subschemes that would be implememted under IFLADP during 2017-2018  to 2019-2020
    i) Human Resource Development (HRD)
    ii)  Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS)
    iii)  Establishment of Institutional Facilities
    iv) Mega Leather, Footwear and Accessories Cluster (MLFAC)
    v)  Leather Technology, Innovation and Environmental
    vi) Promotion of Indian Brands in Leather, Footwear and Accessories
    vii) Additional Employment Incentive for Leather, Footwear and Accessories sector
    For further details please access following link

  • What is the eligibility criteria for getting permission of FM radio channel?

    Only companies registered under the Company’s Act, 1956 are eligible for bidding and obtaining permission for FM radio channels. However, following types of companies are not eligible to apply:
    a) Companies not incorporated in India.
    b) Any company controlled by a person convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude or money laundering/drug trafficking, terrorist activities or declared as insolvent or applied for being declared insolvent.
    c) A company which is an associate of/or controlled by a Trust, Society or Non Profit Organization.
    d) A company controlled by or associated with a religious body.
    e) A company controlled by or associated with a political body.
    f) Any company which is functioning as an advertising agency, is an associate of an advertising agency or is controlled by an advertising agency or person associated with an advertising agency.
    g) Subsidiary company of any applicant in the same City.
    h) Holding company of any applicant in the same City.
    i) Companies with the same management as that of an applicant in the same City.
    j) More than one Inter-Connected Undertaking in the same City.
    k) A company that has been debarred from taking part in the bidding process or its holding company or subsidiary or a company with the same management or an interconnected undertaking.
    l) The defaulters of conditions under Phase-I & Phase-II, who have contested the revocation of their letters of Intent/License Agreements/Bank Guarantees, thereby continue to be debarred from participating in any future bidding process.

  • What is the overview of the media and entertainment sector in India and the performance of this sector in recent times?

    The Indian Media and Entertainment sector is valued at approximately $ 12 bn in 2015 and expected to double by 2020. Out of the various sub sectors, one of the highest growing sub-sectors would be digital advertising with a CAGR of 30%. Further, India is known to have the second largest TV market in the world.
    The performance of the sector can be found in the achievement report at the following link. 

  • Is the government proposing to create a regulatory agency for television broadcasters?

    In 2006, the government had prepared a Draft Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill, 2006. The bill made it mandatory to seek license for broadcasting any television or radio channel or program.
    It also provides standards for regulation of content. It is the duty of the body to ensure compliance with guidelines issued under the bill.

  • After the application of WOL, can we start the transmission before we have obtained the Wireless Operating License?

    No, one is not legally supposed to begin the operational transmission. However, you can try doing test transmission.

  • Who is responsible for interpolations?

    Any person who exhibits or permits to exhibit interpolated film is responsible. It has to be observed whether the characters involved in the main film are also involved in the interpolated bits. If it is so, then one can infer that the producer and the distributor may also be responsible for interpolation. According to Section 7(b) of the Act, if any person, without lawful authority, alters or tampers with in any film, after it has been certified, will be committing a crime under Cinematograph Act. It is to be noted that the burden of proving the lawfulness of the act shall lie on the person who altered or tampered with the certified film.

  • When should we renew GOPA?

    Grant of Permission Agreement (GOPA) is valid only for a period of five years. End of five years, please download the form of renewal of GOPA from www.mib.nic.in. This form has to be printed on two $ 1.53 non-judicial stamp paper and be signed similar to the way the GOPA was signed.

  • What is the penalty for not compliance with the eligibility conditions?

    In the event of the failure of any Letter of Intent (LoI) holder to comply with the eligibility conditions for the Grant of Permission Agreement or failing to sign the Grant of Permission Agreement within the prescribed period, the full deposit of the bid amount shall be forfeited without further notice, and Letter of Intent and the allocation of frequency, if any, shall stand cancelled.

  • What is SACFA clearance and frequency allocation?

    ‘SACFA’ means the ‘Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation‘ of the Wireless Planning & Co-ordination wing of Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India.
    ‘Frequency Allocation’ means the specific Radio Frequency (RF) carrier with associated technical parameters such as RF power, bandwidth etc to the particular FM channel as assigned by the Wireless Planning & Co-ordination wing of Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India.

  • What is the regulatory environment for medical devices in India as per 'New Medical Devices Rules'?

    The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday notified Medical Devices Rules, 2017, which are in conformity with Global Harmonisation Task Force (GHTF) framework. The rules have come into effect from 1 January 2018.
    The rules have been drafted with the intention to distinguish medical devices from pharmaceuticals for improved and well-defined regulation. The key highlights of the rules are:
    1) Redefining ‘medical devices’, making it more comprehensive and easy to comprehend.
    2) Introduction of risk-based classification system for class-wise regulation.
    3) Single window clearance (online portal) for applications for import, manufacture, sale or distribution and clinical investigation.
    4) Establishment of product standards for medical devices for being conformed.
    5) Rationalization of timelines for obtaining licenses required to market medical devices.
    6) Consolidation of registration certificate and import license into a single license.
    7) New regulatory framework for clinical investigation of medical device.

  • What are the requirements to be a registered Notified body?

    The requirements are laid down in Part I of Third Schedule of Medical Devices Rules, 2017.

  • What is the process for classification verification with CDSCO or notified body prior to submission?

    The Central Licensing Authority shall, classify medical devices referred to in Rule 2, based on their intended use and other parameters specified in the First Schedule.
    Based on the classification referred to in sub-rule (3), class wise list of medical devices shall be published on the website of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO): Provided that the Central Licensing Authority may, from time to time, make additions or deletions in such list of medical devices or modify the class of any medical device. CDSCO has already displayed the list of medical devices with classification, which is dynamic in nature.

  • What are the changes that require an applicant to make afresh Registration?

    The following changes require a fresh registration:
    1) Any change with respect to manufacturer (legal/actual) like change in constitution,change in name, change in address, etc.
    2) Any change with respect to importer/Indian Agent like change in constitution, change in name, etc.

  • How are IVDs classified in India under Medical Device Rules, 2017? Who will have the responsibility of doing Classification of IVD as per Class A/B/C/D?

    IVDs are classified under Chapter II, Rule 4, Sub-rule (2) of Medical Device Rules, 2017 on the basis of parameters specified in Part II of the First Schedule, in the following
    classes, namely:
    i) Low risk - Class A,
    ii) Low moderate risk- Class B.
    iii) Moderate high risk- Class C.
    iv) High risk- Class D.                                                                       
    Reference Rule 4 (3): This rule specifies that Central Licensing Authority shall classify the Medical Devices.

  • How much FDI is permitted under medical devices sector?

    100% FDI is permitted under medical devices sector through automatic route.

  • What are the key functions of the Ministry of Mines?

    Ministry of Mines is responsible for survey and exploration of all minerals, other than natural gases, petroleum, atomic minerals for mining and metallurgy of non-ferrous metals like aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, gold, nickel etc. Also, the administration of the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, 1957 in respect to all mines and minerals other than coal, natural gas and petroleum comes under Ministry of Mines duties

    For more information, click here.

  • Who has the authority to grant mining license?

    Mineral Resources Department & respective State Government is empowered to sanction Prospecting License/Mining Lease.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is the schedule of charges for Mining Leases?

    Schedule for Mining Leases is as follow

    1. For public sector organisation and private parties - INR. 15,000
    2. For State Govt. agencies - INR. 7,500
    3. For sale outside India to foreign buyers - US $ 881
    4. INR. 1.50 per mining lease record subject to minimum charge of INR. 200 per district and per mineral.

    For more information, click here

  • What are the precautions to be taken for filing applications for obtaining Mineral Concessions?

    The application must be filled within the prescribed format as per Mineral Concession Rule 2016. Entries must be complete in all respect and should be supported with documentary evidences as per the Rule.

    For more information, click here.

  • What kind of mines does Central Government own?

    The Central Government is the owner of the minerals underlying the ocean within the territorial waters or the Exclusive Economic Zone of India.

    For more information, click here.

  • How much FDI is allowed in mining and exploration of metal and non-metal ores?

    1. Coal & Lignite: 100% FDI is allowed under automatic route
    2. Mining and exploration of metals and non-metals ores: 100% FDI is allowed under automatic route
    3. Mining and mineral separation of titanium bearing minerals and ores: 100% FDI is allowed under Govt. route

    For more information, click here

  • What is the GST rate for minerals and ores in Composition Scheme?

    In a case where the process amounts to manufacture, the rate of tax will be 1% (CGST) and 1% 
    (SGST/UTGST). In any other case, the rate will be 0.5% (CGST) and 0.5% (SGST/UTGST).

  • Will the basic exemption limit from GST be applicable to the tiny and micro segment in mining?

    Yes, the basic exemption limit of $ 15,385 ($ 7693 in the case of special category States) is applicable to the tiny and micro segment even in mining. However, a person engaged in making taxable supply and having aggregate annual turnover (more than $ 15,385in any State other than the special category States) would be liable to obtain registration under GST. The return has to be filed on monthly basis by regular taxable persons and on quarterly basis by the taxable persons registered under the composition scheme. 

  • What are the Existing Legislative Provisions regarding safety, health and welfare of mine workers?

    Under the Constitution of India, safety, welfare and health of workers employed in mines are the concern of the Central Government (Entry 55- Union List- Article 246). The objective is regulated by the Mines Act, 1952 and the Rules and Regulations framed thereunder which are administered by the Directorate- General of Mines Safety (DGMS), under the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment.
    A list of the subordinate legislation under the Mines Act administered by DGMS are:
    1) Coal Mines Regulations, 1957. 
    2) Metalliferous Mines Regulations, 1961.
    3) Oil Mines Regulations, 1984. 
    4) Mines Rules, 1955. 
    5) Mines Vocational Training Rules, 1966. 
    6) Mines Rescue Rules, 1985. 
    7) Mines Creche Rules, 1966.  
     

  • Will ITC be available on steel, timber and sometimes cement which are used in the underground mines to provide a protective device for security purpose?

    Credit will not be available, if these goods are supplied for construction of an immovable property. 
    But if these are temporarily placed for protective purposes, credit will be available.

  • What are the regulations on usage of Furnace oil in NCR?

    As per Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA), usage of furnace oil would be strictly banned in NCR.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is EPP or Export Parity Price?

    Export Parity Price is the price which oil companies would realize on export of petroleum products. This includes Freight on Board (FOB) Price and advance license benefit (for duty free import of crude oil pursuant to export of refined products.

    For more information, click here.

  • What do you mean by import parity price?

    Import Parity Price (IPP) is the price that importers would pay in case of actual import of product at the respective Indian ports. This includes FOB price, Ocean freight, Customs duty, Port dues etc.

    For more information, click here

  • What are biofuels?

    The National Policy on Biofuels categorises Biofuels as:

    “Basic Biofuels” viz. First Generation (1G) bioethanol & biodiesel and “Advanced Biofuels” – Second Generation (2G) ethanol, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to drop-in fuels, Third Generation (3G) biofuels, bio CNG etc.

    For more information, click here.

     

  • What are various types of petrol/ diesel available in India?

    Various petrol types are as follows: MS 93/95, Bharat Stage (BS) IV, Bharat Stage (BS) VI, branded petrol (with additives) etc.

    Various types of diesels are as follows: Light Diesel Oil (LDO), BS IV, BS VI, Bio Diesel, Branded Diesel (with additives) etc.

    To know more about the Oil & Gas sector opportunity in India, please visit the Oil & Gas page at Invest India website.

    For further details on Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Statistics, please refer this link: http://petroleum.nic.in/sites/default/files/APR_E_1718.pdf

    For more information, click here.

  • Under what situations IGST is applicable?

    As per the GST law, if the location of the supplier and place of supply is in different states then IGST would be applicable.

    For more information, click here

     

  • What is EBP programme?

    EBP (Ethanol Blended Programme) is the revision of ethanol prices for supply to Public Sector OMCs (Oil Marketing Companies). Currently this programme is being carried out in 21 States and 4 UTs with immediate target to achieve 10% ethanol blending in Petrol. This blended petrol is known as ethanol blended petrol.

    For more information, click here.

  • Whether TIN number under VAT would be abolished? What will be the rate of GST on 5 KG FT cylinder?

    1) TIN number under VAT to the extent of 5 specified petroleum products will be continued. 
    2) GST Rate on on domestic supply of LPG will be 5% and for purposes other than domestic it will be 18%.

  • What is refinery transfer price (RTP)?

    RTP – Refinery Transfer Price or RGP (Refinery Gate Price) is the price paid by the oil companies to domestic refineries for purchase of finished petroleum products at refinery gate.

    For more information, click here.

  • As per the Bureau of India Standards what is the definition of motor spirit?

    Motor spirit means any hydrocarbon oil in the range of C4 -C12 (excluding crude mineral oil) obtained broadly by fractional distillation of crude oil which meets the requirements of Bureau of Indian Standards specification (BIS) No. IS-2796 and is suitable for use as fuel in spark ignition engines.

    For more information, click here.

  • What are the skill development measures undertaken in Pharmaceutical sector?

    To keep pace with the growing demand for highly skilled R&D professionals the government has undertaken the transformation of National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs)

    For more information, click here.

     

  • What principles does National Pharmaceuticals Policy follow while pricing drugs?

    The key principles for the regulation of the prices are:
     a) Essentiality of drugs.
     b) Control formulations prices.
     c) Market based pricing.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is the objective of the Pharmaceutical Promotion Development Scheme?

    The objective of Pharmaceutical Promotion Development Scheme (PPDS) is promotion, development and export promotion in Pharmaceutical sector by extending financial support for conduct of seminars, conferences, exhibitions, mounting delegations to and from India for promotion of exports as well as investments, conducting studies/ consultancies for facilitating growth, exports as well as critical issues affecting Pharma sector.

    For more information, click here.

     

  • What is the cluster development programme for pharma sector?

    The CDP scheme is implemented on a Public Private Partnership format through one-time grant-in-aid with aim to enhance Quality, productivity & Innovative capabilities of the SME Pharma sector in the country.

    The benefits of the scheme are:

    a) Access to world class facility.

    b) Cost of production will come down by 20%.

    For more information, click here.

  • Can I the pharma get an overview of Indian Pharma sector?

    The pharmaceutical sector in India, expected to expand at a CAGR of 22.4 per cent over 2015–20 to reach US$ 55 billion. India’s pharmaceutical exports stood at US$ 17.27 billion in FY18 and have reached US$ 10.80 billion in FY19. Sector supplies over 50% of global demand for various vaccines.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is a Generic Medicine?

    Generic medicines are unbranded medicines which are equally safe and having the same efficacy as that of branded medicines in terms of their therapeutic value. The prices of generic medicines are much cheaper than their branded equivalent.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana mission?

    The mission of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna (PMBJP) is to

    1. create awareness among people regarding generic medicines.
    2. create demand for generic medicines through medical practioners
    3. create awareness through education and awareness program that high price need not be synonymous with high quality.
    4. provide all the commonly used generic medicines covering all the therapeutic groups.
    5. provide all the related health care products too under the scheme

    For more information, click here

  • What are the functions of Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India?

    Some of the key missions are:

    1. Create awareness among public regarding generic medicines.

    2. Create demand for generic medicines through medical practioners.

    3. Create awareness through education and awareness program that high price need not be synonymous with high quality.

    4. Provide all the commonly used generic medicines covering all the therapeutic groups.

    5. Provide all the related health care products too under the scheme.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana?

    Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’ (PMBJK) is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. Of India, to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special kendra’s known as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India?

    Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the implementing agency of Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP). BPPI was established in December, 2008 under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India.

    For more information, click here.

  • Which is the nodal agency for investments in ports?

    Major ports under the administrative control of Ministry of Shipping, Government of India invite investment proposals on their own. For non-major ports, investment proposals are routed through concerned State Governments.
    For further details, please refer the link.

  • What is the role of the Directorate General of Shipping?

    The Directorate General of Shipping deals with implementation of shipping policy and legislation. Its objectives are as follows:
    1) Matters affecting merchant shipping & navigation.
    2) Measures to ensure safety of life and ships at sea.
    3) Development of Indian shipping.
    4) International convections relating to maritime matters.
    5) Provision of facilities for training of officers & rating of Merchant Navy.
    6) Development of Sailing Vessels Industry.
    7) Regulation of Ocean freight rates in overseas trade.

  • Which new ports are being developed by the Central government?

    Central Government has plans to build six greenfield major ports as follows:
    a) Vadhawan, Maharashtra.
    b) Sagar, West Bengal.
    c) Enayam, Tamil Nadu.
    d) Bellekeri, Karnataka.
    e) Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu.
    f) Paradip Satellite Port, Odisha.
    For further details, please refer the link.

  • What are incentives available for Ship Building Industries in India?

    Apart from dedicated ship building parks/plot offered by various state maritime boards on concessional terms, Ministry of Shipping (Government of India) has also offered various incentive for Ship Building Industry India. Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy aims to provide financial assistance to Indian shipyards for shipbuilding contracts signed between 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2026, including the said dates. The financial assistance will be 20% of the ‘Contract Price’ or the ‘Fair Price’, whichever is lower, as determined by international valuers, for any vessel built in India subsequent to its delivery. The quantum of financial assistance shall reduce by three percent after every three years of the policy. This policy shall be in force for a period of 10 years from the date stipulated in the guidelines formulated by the Government for the purpose.

    For details please refer to guidelines for 'Implementation of Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy' (as amended in October 2017) link.

  • What is the length of concession period for port projects?

    Generally, length of concession period is 30 years.
    For further details, please refer the link.
     

  • Is there a plan to develop port based smart cities in India?

    Yes, there are plans to develop Smart Industrial Port Cities. Initially such cities will come up near Kandla and Paradip ports.

    For more information, click here.

  • Is there any agency for classification and certification of ships in India?

    Yes. Indian Register of Shipping is the recognized agency for classification and certification of ships.

    Please visit the following link.

     

  • What are the initiatives taken by the Indian government in ports sector?

    Government of India has launched major initiatives to upgrade and strengthen ports and shipping in the country including enabling policy measures to facilitate private investments in this sector. Some of the key initiatives like Sagarmala Project, dredging and navigation for 111 inland waterways , financial assistance for ship building in India, promotion of cruise shipping and cruise terminals in India, incentives for coastal shipping and development of 13 Coastal Economic Zones along the coastline of India.

  • How is the allotment of land for shipbuilding projects done in India?

    Shipbuilding projects are generally established close to sea front. Land is allotted by the concerned State Government as per the prevailing land allotment policy. Shipbuilding projects may also be set-up within Major ports’ estates or existing shipyards.

    For more information, click here.

  • What are Coastal Economic Zones?

    Coastal Economic Zones (CEZ) are geographically contiguous districts within a State that are either coastal districts or districts having a strong port linkage. CEZs would link Major and Non-major ports, Industrial units and evacuation infrastructure into a single system at regional level. CEZs would fuel port-led industrialization program. Ministry of Shipping had identified 13 CEZ along the Indian coastline under Sagarmala Program. For details, please refer to link.

  • What are the investment opportunities available in railways sector?

    The investment opportunities are available in the following areas:
    1) Components manufacturing.
    2) Infrastructure projects.
    3) High speed train projects.
    4) Railway lines to and from coal mines and ports.
    5) Projects relating to electrification, high-speed tracks and suburban corridors.
    6) Dedicated freight corridors.
    7) The re-development of railway stations.
    8) Power generation and energy-saving projects.
    9) Freight terminals operations.
    10) Setting up of wagon, coaches and locomotive units.
    11) Gauge conversion.
    12) Network expansion.

  • In which projects foreign investments is permissible under railways sector?

    100 % FDI under automatic route is available for the following: 
    1) Construction, operation and maintenance of suburban corridor projects through PPP.
    2) High speed train projects.
    3) Dedicated freight corridors.
    4) Railway electrification.
    5) Signalling systems.
    6) Freight terminals.
    7) Passenger terminals.
    8) Infrastructure in industrial parks pertaining to railway line/siding including electrified railways lines and connectivity to main railway line.
    9) Mass Rapid Transport Systems (MRTS).

  • What is national railway plan?

    The Government of India is going to come up with a ‘National Rail Plan’ which will enable the country to integrate its rail network with other modes of transport and develop a multi-modal transportation network.

  • What is the purpose of SFOORTI?

    The Ministry of Railways, Government of India, has launched the Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) application to optimise freight operations and manage traffic flows.

  • What is R3i policy?

    The policy aims to attract private sector participation in rail connectivity projects to create additional rail transport capacity. The policy allows for 4 models: 
    a) Cost Sharing-Freight Rebate.
    b) Full Contribution- Apportioned Earnings.
    c) Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). 
    d) Private Line.

  • What is the purpose of R2CI?

    This new policy was initiated to improve rail connectivity to coal and iron ore mines. The policy offers the developer involved in the construction of the line to levy a surcharge on the freight over a period of 10–25 years. 
    The policy has two models, i.e. Capital Cost and SPV Models. The Capital Cost Model is relevant when there are 2 players, whereas the SPV Model is intended for a large number of players.

  • Define Participative models for rail connectivity and capacity augmented projects.

    This policy supersedes the R3i and R2CI policies notified earlier. The policy provides for supplementing government’s investment in rail infrastructure projects by private capital flows. 
    The policy contains the following models:
    1) Non-government railway.
     2) JV with equity participation by railways. 
    3) Capacity augmentation through funding by customers
    4) Capacity augmentation – annuity model applicability.
    5) Build Operate Transfer.
    A few projects undertaken under the participative policy of Ministry of Railways include Jaigarh Port-Digni Port, Hamarpur-Rewas Port, Chiplun-Karad, Vaibhavwadi-Kolhapur and Indore-Manmad.

  • What is dedicated freight corridors?

    It is a broad gauge freight corridor under construction in India by Indian Railway. There are 2 corridors in the country, i.e. the Western and Eastern freight corridors.

  • How much FDI is allowed under Metro sector?

    Up to 100% FDI is permitted for Railway Infrastructure sector without any govt. approval. You can file your FDI application online along with supporting documents at http://fifp.gov.in.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is rolling stock?

    Rolling stock is all the engines and carriages including the locomotives, passenger coaches, freight wagons, guard's vans, etc. that are used on a railway.

  • What is the state-wise electricity generation capacity?

    The electricity generation capacity is listed state wise, which can be accessed from the link.

  • What is marine renewable energy?

    Ocean renewable energy or marine renewable energy are terms used to describe all forms of renewable energy derived from the sea including wave energy, tidal energy, ocean current energy, salinity gradient energy and ocean thermal gradient energy.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion?

    Ocean thermal energy conversion, or OTEC, uses ocean temperature differences from the surface to depths lower than 1,000 meters, to extract energy. A temperature difference of only 20°C can yield usable energy.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is the expected Potential of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) in India?

    OTEC has a theoretical potential of 180,000 MW in India subject to suitable technological evolution.

    For more information, click here.

  • Where lies the focus of renewable energy sector?

    Research, design and development efforts should invariably lead to manufacture of complete systems, even if these efforts are required to be shared among different institutions. Thus, there would be a need for system integration broadly covering the following areas: -
    1. Alternate Fuels (hydrogen, biosynthetic)
     2. Green Initiative for Future Transport (GIFT)
     3. Green Initiative for Power Generation (GIPS)
     4. Standalone new and renewable energy products
     5. Distributed new and renewable energy systems
     6. New and renewable energy products
     7. MW scale grid interactive renewable electricity systems

    For more information, click here.

  • What are the plans related to research and development?

    R&D for technology development in industry-driven and goal oriented.
     1. Involvement of industry and scientific establishment.
     2. Access technological development elsewhere avoiding 'Reinventing the wheel'.
     3. Indigenous R&D for new and emerging technologies and improvement of available technologies.
     4. Time bound specific tasks for identified R&D activities to be assigned to recognized / identified industry and institutions with clear understanding on the achievement of results.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is the government's contribution for new technology under this sector?

    The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken up the following programmes on various New Technologies:

    1. Hydrogen Energy

    2. Chemical Sources of Energy (Fuel Cells)

    3. Battery Operated Vehicles 

    4. Geo Thermal Energy

    5. Ocean Energy

    6. Biofuels

    For more information, click here

  • How many states are classified under solar city development programme?

    Under the 'Development of Solar Cities Programme', there are in total 60 solar cities identified.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is a solar city?

    The Solar City aims at minimum 10% reduction in projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years, through a combination of enhancing supply from renewable energy sources in the city and energy efficiency measures. The basic aim is to motivate the local Governments for adopting renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.

    For more information, click here.

  • What are the new technologies undertaken by the government in this sector?

    The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken up various programmes on new technologies. As part of these programmes, various projects pertinent to research, development and demonstration have been initiated. These initiatives have been at various research, scientific and educational institutes, universities, national laboratories, industry, etc. These projects are helping in the development of indigenous research and industrial base, expertise, trained manpower and prototypes/devices/systems in the country

    a. Hydrogen Energy
    b. Chemical Sources of Energy (Fuel Cells)
    c. Battery Operated Vehicles
    d. Geo Thermal Energy
    e. Ocean Energy
    f. Biofuels

  • How much FDI is allowed under single brand product retail?

    100% FDI is allowed under single brand product retail via automatic route.

    For more information, click here.

  • Is physical presence mandatory for a single brand retail entity into B2C e-commerce? Is there any required number of stores for this?

    Single brand retail entity willing to enter into B2C e-commerce in India is required to have a physical presence in India before entering the e-commerce business. Per se, there is no specific requirement on the number of physical stores to be maintained in India. 

  • What is the FDI policy for Duty free shops?

    100%  FDI is allowed under Duty free shops via automatic route.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is the government FDI policy to sell products online?

    1) 100% Equity/ FDI Cap is permitted under automatic entry route, it is only applicable for marketplace model of e-commerce and not inventory based model.

    2) Subject to provisions of FDI Policy, e-commerce entities would engage only in Business to Business (B2B) e-commerce and not in Business to Consumer (B2C) e-commerce.

    3) An e-commerce entity will not permit more than 25% of the sales affected through its marketplace from one vendor or their group companies

    For information, click here.

  • What percentage of profit can I make on one sale online?

    There are many factors to consider when it comes to selling online and because of these factors, most of which are peculiar to different businesses, the percentage of profit on one sale online is not fixed and it varies.

    The percentage of profit you can make from one sale online can be significantly higher than what you would make from the same sale offline. That is due to the fact that online, the cost of providing the product/service is significantly lower than the cost of providing it offline.

    Thus, the percentage of profit one can make from one sale online, depends from on the nature of business.
     

  • Is it possible to set up an online shop for an already existing SBRT?

    Subject to the conditions mentioned in this Para, a single brand retail trading entity operating through brick and mortar stores, is permitted to undertake retail trading through e-commerce.

    For more information, click here.

  • List the major benefits of E-commerce?

    The major benefits of E-commerce are:

    1) Overcomes geographical limitations

    2) Eliminate travel time and cost

    3) Remain open all the time

    4) Enable Deals, Bargains, Coupons, and Group Buying

    For more information, click here.

  • What is refined buying?

    An essential increase in consumption of more variety of products and services is inevitable in India. However, the consumers will prefer to check reviews and examine alternative options before any purchase, it is called refined buying.

  • Are we allowed to sell products of a sub brand if we have a Single Brand Retail Trade (SBRT) license?

    No, any addition to the product/product categories to be sold under 'Single Brand' would require a fresh approval of the Government.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Web Hosting?

    Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is the Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification & Maintenance) Policy? What are the benefits of adopting this policy?

    This is a Policy to promote greening of highway corridors with participation of the community, farmers, private sector, NGOs, and government institutions. Further, the policy provides comprehensive guidelines to ensure uniformity of operations pertaining to enhancement of highway landscapes. The community shall be benefited in terms of huge generation of employment opportunities, entrepreneurship development and  environmental benefits. Overall, adoption of the policy will contribute to economic development of the country and the local groups can access their rights to the non-timber produce from the trees.

  • What are the Fiscal incentives provided by the Government in Road and Highway Sector?

    Fiscal incentives for the sector are as follows:
    1) 100% FDI through automatic route allowed subject to applicable laws and regulation.
    2) Right of way (RoW) for project land made available to concessionaires free from all encumbrances.
    3) NHAI/GOI to provide capital grant (Viability Gap Funding/Cash Support) up to 40% of project cost to enhance viability on a case to case basis.
    4) 100% tax exemption for five years and 30% relief for next five years, which may be availed of in 20 years.
    5) Duty free import of modern high capacity construction equipment.

  • What roles did Government play in highway sector?

    National Highways Authority of India implemented the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) which is India’s largest ever Highways Project in a phased manner. Prime focus of NHDP was to ensure enhanced safety features, better riding surface, road geometry and traffic management, bypasses and wayside amenities, over bridges and underpasses etc.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is the scope of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), ?

    The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), was launched by the Govt. of India to provide connectivity to unconnected Habitations as part of a poverty reduction strategy.

    For more information, click here.

  • Does the road and highway sector provide any tax benefits post GST?

    Few tax benefits post GST in the Roads & Highway sector are:

    1. Interstate check posts removed, travel time of long-haul trucks, other cargo vehicles cut by at least one-fifth
    2. Rate for all goods expected to be in the range of 18%
    3. Logistics cost down to 10-12% of total value of goods

    For more information, click here

  • What is Value Engineering Programme?

    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India plans to implement 'Value Engineering Programme' in order to promote use of new technologies and material in highway projects being executed in India.

  • What is Special Accelerated Road Development Programme?

    Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has taken up an ambitious Special Accelerated Road Development Programme (SARDP-NE) for development of road network in the north eastern States of the Country.

    For more information, click here.

  • What amount of Foreign Direct Investment is permitted in streets and parkways?

    ​100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed under the automatic route in the road and highways sector​. 

    For more information, click here​.

  • What is the development plan and budget of Bharatmala?

    A total of around 24,800 kms is being considered in Phase I of Bharatmala. In addition, Bharatmala Pariyojana phase -I also includes 10,000 kms of balance road works under NHDP, taking the total to 34,800 kms at an estimated cost of INR. 5,35,000 cr. Bharatmala Phase I - is to be implemented over a five years period of i.e. 2017-18 to 2021-22.

    For more information, click here.

  • what is the objective of Bharatmala programme?

    Bharatmala Pariyojana program focuses on optimizing efficiency of freight and passenger movement across the country by bridging critical infrastructure gaps through effective interventions like development of Economic Corridors, Inter Corridors and Feeder Routes, National Corridor Efficiency Improvement, Border and International connectivity roads, Coastal and Port connectivity roads and Green-field expressways.

    For more information, click here.

     

  • How much FDI is allowed under telecom sector?

    100% FDI is allowed in telecom sector (of this upto 49% is allowed through the automatic route and beyond 49% under government route).

  • What are the advantages of investing in telecom sector?

    Some key incentives for investors in the telecom sector are:

    1. Basic customs duty (BCD) and special additional duty have been withdrawn.
    2. Importers of mobile handset components such as chargers, adaptors, batteries and wired handsets need to pay only the countervailing duty of 12.5%.
    3. A duty advantage of 10.5% exists for local manufacturers of mobile speakers and batteries

     

     

  • What are the government FDI policies for telecom sector?

    100% FDI is allowed in telecom sector. 49% is allowed through the automatic route.

    For more information, click here.

  • List the admissible deductions.

    Deductions claimed on account of PSTN related call charges and roaming charges (Pass through charges/Interconnect Usage Charges) actually paid to eligible Telecom Service Providers and Sales Tax & Service Tax (if included in the Gross Revenue) actually paid to Government are admissible.'

    For more information, click here.

  • What are Inter- Company/Group Company and Intra-Company/Group Company transactions?

    Inter-Company/Group Company transactions are those which occur between two separate legal entities e.g. transactions occurred between RCOM and RTL or transactions occurred between Vodafone Ltd and Vodafone South Ltd. are example of Inter-Company/Group Company transactions. Pass through charges between two legal entities may be routed through the bank only and not through mere ledger adjustment.

    Whereas, Intra-Company/Group Company transactions are those which occur within same legal entity e.g. transactions occurred between RCOM, Delhi and RCOM UP (East) or transactions occurred between Vodafone South Ltd, AP and Vodafone South Ltd., Karnataka are example of intra-Company/Group Company transactions.

    Please Note: Names of Companies used are for reference/illustration only.

  • What are the documents required for verification of deductions by the CCA offices?

    The required documents are as follows-
    1) Covering letter with check list for submission of documents in prescribed proforma.
    2) Quarterly Statements of Revenue and Licence Fee (AGR).
    3) Photocopies of invoices duly signed by the Authorised Signatory.
    4) Payment proof duly signed by the Authorised Signatory.
    5) Certified copy of the ledger in case of Intra-Company settlement along with Annexure-AG.
    6) Certified copy of the statement of net settlement in Annexure-AO in case of Inter-Company settlement.
    7) Certified copy of Statement of part payments made in annexure – PP in case of part payments made due to billing disputes.
    8) Power of attorney by Authorised Signatory declaring that information and documents so provided are authentic and verified by the licensee.
    9) Power of attorney should be submitted with the concerned CCA offices.
    10) Complete Bank statements (with running page numbers) showing relevant payments of which 1st & last page (should not be blank) shall be signed by the Bank Authorities.
    11) At the end of the Financial Year, Audited quarterly statements of Revenue and Licence Fee (AGR).

  • What does the MSS Scheme stands for?

    MSS stands for Marketing Support & Services scheme. The Scheme has been introduced to promote and provide financial assistance to artisans to participate in domestic and international craft exhibitions/seminars in metropolitan cities/state capitals / places of tourist or commercial interest/other places.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is the R&D Scheme introduced by the Government?

    Research and Development scheme was introduced to conduct surveys and studies of important crafts and make in-depth analysis of specific aspects and problems of Handicrafts in order to generate useful inputs to aid policy Planning, fine tune the ongoing initiatives and to have independent evaluation of the schemes implemented by this office.
    Following activities will be under taken during the 12th Plan:
    i) Survey & Studies on different topics.
    ii) Financial assistance for preparation of legal, para legal, standards, audits and other documentation leading to labeling/certification.
    iii) Financial assistance to organizations for evolving, developing a mechanism for protecting crafts including languishing crafts, design, heritage, historical knowledge base, research and implementation of the same enabling the sector/segment to face challenges.
    iv) Conducting Census of Handicraft artisans of the country.
    v) Registration of Crafts under Geographical Indication Act & necessary follow up on implementation.
    vi) Assisting handicrafts exporters in adoption of global standards and for bar coding including handicrafts mark for generic products.
    vii) Financial assistance for taking up problems/issues relating to brand building and promotion of Indian handicrafts.
    viii) Conducting of Workshops/Seminars on issues of specific nature relating to handicrafts sector.
     

  • What is ISO 9000 and for whom it is applicable?

    International Organization for Standardization evolved ISO 9000 series of standards in 1987. These are quality assurance system standards. First revision came in July 1994 and second revision on 15 December 2000. Henceforth, there will be only one standard i.e. ISO-9001:2000. These standards are customer oriented and focus on customer satisfaction by fulfilling the customers’ requirements. These are applicable to any manufacturing or servicing organization. Hence, these are the product neutral standards. These can be adopted by any organization be it large, medium, small, limited company, private limited company, partnership firms and proprietorship firms.

  • What is Market Research Department in Textile Committee?

    Market Research Department is one of the functional departments of the Textiles Committee dealing with the activities of Textile Economic Research. As mandated in the Textiles Committee Act, the Department is carrying out textile economic research.

  • What are the ATUFS benchmarked machineries?

    TUFS benefit is available for TUFS benchmarked machinery covering the following activities:-
    a) Cotton ginning and pressing.
    b) Silk reeling and twisting.
    c) Wool scouring, combing and carpet industry.
    d) Synthetic filament yarn texturising, crimping and twisting.
    e) Spinning.
    f) Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF) and Viscose Filament Yarn (VFY).
    g) Weaving, knitting and fabric embroidery.
    h) Technical textiles including non-wovens.
    i) Garment/design studio/made-up manufacturing.
    j) Processing of fibres, yarns, fabrics, garments and made-ups.
    k) Production activities of Jute Industry.

  • What are the new activities initiated by the department?

    Recently, the Market Research Department has initiated lot of activities to strengthen the exports of our country through Market Intelligence in Textiles (MIT). A comprehensive database on different segments of the textile industry will be carried out to provide handholding support to the exporting fraternity of the country as well as the policy makers.
    This Database will provide macro level information on all sectors of the T&C on Production, Domestic Demand, Export & Import, Price & its Mechanism, Competitiveness & Competitors, Cost benchmarking, Government Policy Mechanism, Tax Structure, RTAs/PTAs, Infrastructure and Other related issues to the industry stakeholders and policy makers.
    Besides this, the department is spearheading the facilitation of protection of traditional and unique textile products under GI Act.

  • What are the subsidies under Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS)?

    Capital Investment Subsidy is available under ATUFS under this scheme for eligible segments @10%/ 15% with an upper limit on investment amount.

    For more information, click here.

     

  • What are the main objectives of the Market Intelligence in Textiles?

    The main objectives of MIT are:

    1)  Provide Real-time Database for the Policy, Industry and Trade (Country level, product level).
    2)  Suggest remedial measures/ information on change in business environment in domestic segment.
    3) Augmenting Market Information for export competitiveness and policy.  

  • What is certificate of exemption and endorsement of GSP in Export Promotion & Quality Assurance?

    An exemption certificate is issued to enable quota/duty free entry of the eligible items of Handloom origin at the importing end. GSP certificates (Form A) is issued for the eligible items for the following tariff preference giving (donor) countries:

    Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America (USA), Republic of Belarus, Russian Federation, and European Union.

    The European Union includes 28 countries Viz. Austria, Belgium,Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (Holland), Republic of Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom (UK).

    Note: 
    1) For Australia, the main requirement is exporter’s declaration on the normal commercial invoice. Form A accompanied by the normal commercial invoice is an acceptable alternative, but official certification is not required.

    2) In case of Canada and New Zealand, Official Certification is not required.

    3) The United States does not require GSP Form A. A declaration setting forth all pertinent detailed information concerning the production or manufacture of the merchandise is considered sufficient only if requested by the district collector of the Customs.

  • Is ISO 9000 standards mandatory to the industry?

    No, however, in the coming days, non-existence of certified quality systems would probably be treated as a trade barrier not because of any Government regulations but through the customers, who are having the wide choice in selecting their suppliers for getting consistent quality. It also demonstrates the intent for continuous improvement in the overall business function.

  • What are the upcoming projects transmission projects?

    There are 285 projects coming in all over India. You can find a detailed map of these projects on the link.

  • What is TARANG?

    TARANG is the Transmission App for Real time Monitoring and Growth to monitor the progress of transmission system in the country.

  • What is Central Electricity Authority and what is the information it provides?

    Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is a statutory organization originally constituted under the Electricity Act, 2003. The organization releases monthly reports related, state wise installed capacity on the link.

  • How are thermal power plants (TPPs) classified among industries?

    The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has classified TPPs as one of the 17 Red Category industries. Red Category denotes heavily polluting industry. For obtaining EC:
    Category A projects are: 
    1) > 500 MW Coal/Lignite/Naphtha & Gas Based Fuel.
    2) > 50 MW Petcoke, Diesel and all Other Fuels, including Refinery Residual Oil Waste (excluding Biomass).
    3) > 20 MW Biomass Based or Non-Hazardous MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) as Fuel.

    Category B projects are -
    1) < 500 MW Coal/Lignite/Naphtha & Gas Based Fuel.
    2) <50 MW or 3 MW Petcoke, Diesel and all Other Fuels, including Refinery Residual Oil Waste (excluding Biomass).
    3) < 20 MW or 15MW Biomass Based or Non-Hazardous MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) as Fuel.

  • Why is there a proliferation of TPPs along the coast?

    Situating a plant along the coast provides two important benefits to the Project Proponent:
    1) Easy transport of imported coal through ports and captive jetties.
    2) Easy availability of seawater for on-site seawater desalination technology for both once-through cooling and for boiler-feed water generation. This reduces fresh water requirement for running the thermal power plant.

  • What is the CEPI (Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index)? How does it impact the location of TPPs?

    CEPI is a number to characterize the environmental quality at a given location. CEPI scores are calculated from time-to-time by the CPCB to identify critically polluted areas and industrial clusters, by monitoring their air, land and water. CEPI Score is an important tool to identify those clusters where industrial development activities have been restricted due to their pollution levels. In 2010, the MoEF imposed a moratorium on the consideration of projects for EC, if they were located in 43 critically polluted areas. It has been reduced to 7 clusters as of September 2013. TPPs cannot be located in those places where the moratorium is imposed.

  • How long does it usually take for a plant to get Environmental Clearance?

    It depends on the size of the plant. Usually 1 to 1.5 years is the time for a plant to obtain EC after filing of Application. The following are the time-bound activities according to the EIA Notification: 
    1) Issuance of ToR: To be issued within 60 days of Application submission by Project
    Proponent. 
    2) Conducting of Public Hearing: The Public Hearing Report to be submitted to the MoEF/ SEIAA by the SPCB within 45 days of receiving request for hearing from the Project Proponent. 
    3) Issuance of EC: To be issued within 105 days of the Project Proponent submitting the
    Final EIA.

  • What is the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE)?

    The National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) is one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). NMEEE aims to strengthen the market for energy efficiency by creating conducive regulatory and policy regime and has envisaged fostering innovative and sustainable business models to the energy efficiency sector. The Cabinet had approved the NMEEE document, and funding for two years of the 11th Plan period (2010-12) with an outlay of $ 36.23 million. Continuation of NMEEE for the 12th Plan was approved by Cabinet on 6th August, 2014 with a total outlay of $ 119.23. The Mission seeks to upscale the efforts to unlock the market for energy efficiency which is estimated to be around $ 11.385 billion. The activities during the 11th Plan period created the institutional and regulatory infrastructure. The NMEEE spelt out four initiatives to enhance energy efficiency in energy intensive industries which are as follows:
    a) Perform, Achieve and Trade Scheme (PAT), a market based mechanism to enhance the cost effectiveness in improving the Energy Efficiency in Energy Intensive industries through certification of energy saving which can be traded.
    b) Market Transformation for Energy Efficiency (MTEE), for accelerating the shift to energy efficient appliances in designated sectors through innovative measures to make the products more affordable.
    c) Energy Efficiency Financing Platform (EEFP), for creation of mechanisms that would help finance demand side management programmes in all sectors by capturing future energy savings.
    d) Framework for Energy Efficient Economic Development (FEEED), for development of fiscal instruments to promote energy efficiency.

  • What are the completed transmission projects?

    There are 260 projects/elements completed all over India in 2017-18 and all the details can be found at the link.

  • What are the FDI policies for tourism & hospitality sector?

    • 100% FDI is allowed under the automatic route in tourism and hospitality
    • 100% FDI allowed in tourism construction projects, including the development of hotels, resorts and recreational facilities.

    For more information, click here.

  • What are the different rates of an average hotel tariff or convenience lodging in India?

    The GST rates applicable for accommodation in hotels, inns, guest houses, clubs, campsites or other commercial places meant for residential or lodging purposes will depend upon value of supply of a unit i.e. the declared per day tariff for a unit by the respective accommodation establishment. The slabs of GST rates applicable on declared tariff value are given below:

    • Tariff value less than Rs.1000 – Nil
    • Tariff value of Rs.1000 and above but less than Rs. 2500 or equivalent – 12% GST
    • Tariff value of Rs.2500 and above but less than Rs.7500 or equivalent - 18% GST  
    • Tariff value of Rs.7500 or above - 28% GST

    For more information, click here 

  • What GST rates will be applicable for travel by air?

    The GST rates applicable on air tariffs are as below:
    1. Travel by economy class - 5 %
    2. Travel by other than economy class - 12 %

  • What is the minimum eligibility for sponsorship of events having potential for promotion of tourism to and/or within India?

    The Ministry of Tourism invites proposals to support cultural,music, dance, literary, sports, cinema and other events which have potential or create potential for attracting large number of tourists, both domestic and international. The support to these events would be decided on a case to case basis based on the potentialfor promotion of tourism as well as the benefits that would accrue from it for thepromotion of Incredible India brand, subject to the following basic minimum eligibility conditions:

    (i) The event to be supported may be held in India or abroad.
    (ii) The event should have been in existence since the last five years or should have completed at least 5 editions as of 31.12.2013 and should be supported by a certificate to this effect from a Chartered Accountant.
    (iii) The event should have a total expenditure of at least INR 1.00 Crore for each edition supported by audited statements of expenditure on the event for last five years.

  • What are the initiatives taken by the Indian government in the cruise tourism sector?

    The following initiatives have been undertaken by GOI:
    1. The government is in process to develop 5 ports as cruise tourism hubs. These are Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Kochi. These terminals will have facilities such as hospitality, retail, shopping and restaurants.
    2. 200 minor ports to be develop jetties for such cruise vessels.
    3. The cruise tourism policy shall be introduced by government shortly.

  • What are the initiatives taken by the Indian government in the medical tourism sector?

    The following initiatives have been undertaken by GOI:
    1. A new category of visa "Medical Visa" has been introduced by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, which can be given for specific purpose to foreign tourists coming to India for medical treatment
    2. The Ministry of Tourism has included the promotion of Medical Tourism as new initiatives. The Marketing Development Assistance Scheme (MDA), administered by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, provides financial support to approved tourism service providers.
    3. To boost medical tourism, the government today announced setting up of the National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board to provide help to those visiting the country for health care need. The Board, besides Ministry officials, will include other stakeholders such as hospitals, hoteliers, medical experts and tour operators.

  • What are the initiatives taken by the Union Government to develop rural tourism in India?

    The tourism ministry has sanctioned INR 131 lakhs for the development of four rural tourism sites. The states in which these sites are Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Tripura.

  • What are the government's initiatives under Lighthouses Tourism in India?

    The GOI has identified 78 lighthouses in the country as centres of tourism, which are in the first phase under Public Private Partnership (PPP). The identified lighthouses are in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The GOI has kick started the ‘lighthouse tourism’ project by inviting initial qualification bids to develop eight lighthouses in the first phase, at a cost of INR 128 crore, under the public-private-partnership model for 7 lighthouses.

  • What is the difference between Prasad Scheme and 'Spiritual Circuit' under Swadesh Darshan Scheme?

    The ‘PRASAD’ scheme, focuses on development and beautification of the identified pilgrimage destinations. Whereas, in the ‘Spiritual Circuit’ identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, the thrust is on development of particular thematic circuit consisting of various religious/spiritual destination in a State and Union Territory.

  • What is Prasad Scheme?

    Under the scheme ‘Prasad’, the Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for development and beautification of the identified pilgrimage destinations. Under the PRASAD scheme, thirteen sites have been identified for development, namely: Amritsar, Ajmer, Dwarka, Mathura, Varanasi, Gaya, Puri, Amaravati, Kanchipuram, Vellankanni, Kedarnath, Kamakhya and Patna. In Union Budget 2017-18, INR 100 crore has been allocated for Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD).