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  • Why FAME scheme is not applicable throughout the country?

    Phase I of the scheme is a sort of pilot project just to see the reaction of people to the electric and hybrid vehicles. If this phase is successful, in next phase, scheme will be applicable throughout the country. 

    For more information, please visit the following link.

  • Since the subsidy is only on a reimbursement basis, can we claim the amount from DHI and then pass it to customers?

    No, as per scheme guidelines, incentive will be on reimbursement basis only after submission of claim. This claim required to be submitted only after sale of vehicles.

    For more information, please visit the following link. 

     

  • Is the FAME incentive applicable along with any other incentives that may be available in my home state for electric vehicles?

    The FAME incentive will be available over and above any State level EV incentives being offered by any State/Local bodies.
    However for JNNRUM (AMRIT) funded buses, there is a specific incentive amount declared in the Scheme Guidelines.
    Please visit the link for more information.

  • Which are the major industry associations for automobile and auto-components sector?

    Some of the key concerned industry associations for automobiles and components are:

    • Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)
    • Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA)
    • The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)

    For more information, click here 

  • Will the FAME incentive be applicable on self-capitalized vehicles for own use or for employee use/lease/CTC vehicles by the OEM?

    Yes, the demand incentive will be available for all types and self-capitalized vehicles as well.
    Please visit the link for more information.

  • Which is the apex body dealing with automotive sector related matters?

    National Automotive Board is the apex body dealing with automotive sector.

    For more information, click here

     

  • Will the FAME incentive be applicable to fleet operators who wish to purchase xEVs for commercial applications (e.g. for use as a taxi)?

    Yes, the demand incentive will be applicable for fleet operators for commercial applications as well.
    Please visit the link for more information.

  • Will the FAME incentive be applicable for billings done directly by an OEM to a customer i.e. a sale that is not routed through an authorized dealer of the OEM?

    Yes, the OEM can bill the vehicle and customer may avail the demand incentive.
    Please visit the link for more information.

  • Is the FAME incentive available to corporate and other organizations or only to individuals?

    Yes, the incentive will be available to corporate and organizations.
    Please visit the link for more information.

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  • 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).

  • What is the Biosafety Research Programme?

    Under Biosafety research programme, main emphasis is given to facilitate the implementation of biosafety procedures, rules and guidelines under Environment (Protection) Act 1986 and Rules 1989 to ensure safety from the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and products thereof in research and application to the users as well as to the environment.

  • 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 Chemical Promotion Development scheme (CPDS)?

    Chemical Promotion Development scheme is a government scheme with an objective of promoting and developing the chemical & petrochemical sectors by extending financial support for conduct of seminars, conferences, exhibitions, conducting studies/ consultancies, for facilitating growth, as well as analyzing critical issues affecting chemical and petrochemical sector.

  • What are the restrictions on export of chemicals as per SCOMET list?

    a. Export of Category 1A chemical is prohibited.
    b. Export of chemicals listed in Category 1B is permitted only to States party to the Chemical Weapons Convention after obtaining an authorization from DGFT. The list of State Parties to the Chemicals Weapons Convention (CWC) and countries which are not State Parties is available on the OPCW website link.
    c. Export of Chemicals in Category 1C is allowed to State Parties to the CWC without an export licence subject to the condition that the exporter shall notify within 30 days of export to the National Authority, Chemicals Weapons Convention, Cabinet Secretariat; the Ministry of External Affairs (D&ISA); the Department of Chemicals & Petro-chemicals, and the DGFT of such exports in the prescribed format (Aayat Niryat Form ) along with the End Use Certificate and submit to the DGFT a copy of the bill of entry into the destination State Party within 30 days of delivery. Export of chemicals in Category 1C to states not party to the Chemical Weapons Convention shall continue to be restricted and shall continue to be restricted and will be allowed only against an export licence and a Government signed EndUse-Certificate, and in that case also exporters shall submit to the DGFT a copy of the bill of entry into the destination country within 30 days of delivery.
    d. The sub-category 1D of SCOMET titled ‘Other Chemicals’ contains 25 AG controlled chemical precursors.
    1. Export of chemicals in this category is allowed to countries specified in Table 1 (given in category 1D) without an export licence subject to the condition that the exporter shall notify within 30 days to specified departments
    2. Export of chemicals in this category to other countries shall be restricted and will be allowed only against an export licence, and in that case the exporter shall submit to the DGFT a copy of the bill of entry into the destination country within 30 days of
    delivery.
    3. Countries in Table 1 include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
    e. Notification no. 56(RE-2013)/2009-14 dated 12.12.2013 has been rescinded since the three chemicals covered in the notification are now included in Category 1D. 
    For more information, please click here.
  • What is CWC?

    Chemical Weapons Convention is universal non-discriminatory, multilateral, disarmament treaty that bans the development, production, acquisition, transfer, use and stockpile of all chemical weapons. The treaty puts all the States Parties on an equal footing. Countries having stockpiles of chemical weapons are required to declare and destroy them in a specified time frame and those who produce and use chemicals that can be easily converted into chemical weapons have to be open and transparent about the use of such weapons.
    For more details, please visit the following link.

  • What is the FDI limit in chemical sector?

    100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed under the automatic route in the chemicals sector.

    For more information, click here.

  • What are OCPFs?

    OCPFs comprise of two different categories of organic chemicals and these are Discrete Organic Chemicals (DOCs) and PSF chemicals.  
    For more details, please visit the following link. 

  • Who are the key stakeholders under Chemicals sector in India?

    Apart from Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers (Govt. of India), some of the important industry associations are as follows: - 

    • Alkali Manufacturers Association of India
    • Association of Synthetic Fibre Industry 
    • Chemicals & Petrochemicals Manufacturers Association  
    • Crop life India Dye Manufacturers Association of India 
    • Indian Chemical Council 
    • Indian Speciality Chemical Manufacturers Association  
    • Organization of Plastic Processors of India
    • The All India Plastic Manufacturers' Association
  • What is a DOC?

    Discrete organic chemical is defined as any chemical belonging to the class of chemical compounds consisting of all compounds of carbon except for its oxides, sulfides and metal carbonates, identifiable by chemical name, by structural formula, (if known) and by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry number (if assigned). For instance: Acetic Acid ,Ethanol.

    For more details, please visit the following link.

  • 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. 

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  • 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.

  • Is the total size of Ready Built Factory (RBF) sheds limited to 10% as under the EMC 2.0 scheme?

    10% of the total saleable / leasable land area is the minimum requirement. The Project Implementation Agency may decide to earmark additional area for Ready Built Factory sheds depending upon the market / industry requirements.

  • 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 is Electronics Development Fund (EDF) Policy?

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

  • 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.

  • Can a Common Facility Center be built within a new Electronics Manufacturing Cluster project and claim benefits under the EMC 2.0 Scheme for both?

    Yes. A CFC can be built within a new EMC project. However, the financial assistance eligible for such CFC will be considered as a part of the overall EMC Project and will be in accordance with the Scheme Guidelines.

  • 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 MSIPS scheme and is it still active?

    In order to promote large scale manufacturing in the country, M-SIPS was announced by the Government in July, 2012 to offset disability and attract investments in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) Industries. The scheme provided incentives for investments on capital expenditure- 20% for investments in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and 25% in non-SEZs. Applications under this scheme were received till December 31st 2018. The incentives however, will be made available for investments spanning a period of 5 years from the date of approval of the project.

  • What is the period for making an application under the PLI scheme?

    In accordance with Para 6.1 of the Scheme, the Application Window shall be 4 months from the date of notification of the Scheme. Since the notification was published on 01.04.2020, applications under the Scheme shall be received upto 31.07.2020.

  • What is the MSIPS scheme and is it still active?

    In order to promote large scale manufacturing in the country, M-SIPS was announced by the Government in July, 2012 to offset disability and attract investments in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) Industries. The scheme provided incentives for investments on capital expenditure- 20% for investments in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and 25% in non-SEZs. Applications under this scheme were received till December 31st 2018. The incentives however, will be made available for investments spanning a period of 5 years from the date of approval of the project.

  • 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).

  • For Mega food park, does the land needs to be changed from Agricultural to Industrial?

    Yes, it is mandatory to have Change of Land Use (CLU). CLU is not required in case the land is already in a designated industrial area.

  • What is minimum land requirement for setting-up Mega Food Park?

    The minimum land required for setting-up a Mega Food Park is 50 acres of contiguous land and free from any kind of encumbrance. The selection of land needs to be justified in terms of connectivity and availability of basic infrastructure such as approach road, power, water etc. as also in terms of availability of raw materials/market.

  • What are the commodities under the Warehousing development and regulatory authority?

    The authority had approved 115 commodities including cereals, pulses, oil seeds, spices, rubber, tobacco, coffee, etc. for issuing negotiable warehouse receipts and also 26 perishable commodities for cold storage.

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  • What is NeGP?

    The Government approved the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), comprising of 27 Mission Mode Projects and 8 components, on 18 May 2006. In the year 2011, 4 projects - Health, Education, PDS and Posts were introduced to make the list of 27 MMPs to 31Mission Mode Projects (MMPs). The Government has accorded approval to the vision, approach, strategy, key components, implementation methodology, and management structure for NeGP. However, the approval of NeGP does not constitute financial approval(s) for all the Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) and components under it. The existing or ongoing projects in the MMP category, being implemented by various Central Ministries, States, and State Departments would be suitably augmented and enhanced to align with the objectives of NeGP.
    For further details please access following link.  

  • 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.

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  • 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).

  • 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

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  • Which is the nodal agency for regulation of lighthouse tourism?

    Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) is the nodal agency for regulation of lighthouse tourism.
    For further details, please refer the link.
     

  • What are Coastal Zone Regulations?

    Coastal stretches of seas, bays, estuaries, creeks, rivers and backwaters which are influenced by tidal action (in the landward side) up to 500 metres from the High Tide Line (HTL) and the land between the Low Tide Line (LTL) and the High Tide Line (HTL) is defined as Coastal Regulation Zone. Activities in such zones are subject to restrictions notified by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

    For more information, click here.

  • Which are the major educational and training institutes for Maritime sector in India?

    Indian Maritime University is the premier institution for maritime education in India. In addition, there are 133 maritime training institutes approved by administration which provide pre-sea and post-sea trainings to individuals taking up career in maritime sector.
    For further details, please refer the link.

  • Is Foreign investment allowed in Port & Shipping sector?

    The Government has allowed 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the shipping sector. 100% FDI is allowed under the automatic route for projects related to the construction and maintenance of ports and harbours.

  • Is security clearance required by foreign investors and how can security clearance be obtained by foreign investors?

    Yes, usually security clearance for foreign investors is obtained by project proponents. Foreign investors need to submit required documents with the project proponent who arrange to obtain security clearance.


    Please visit the following link for more information.

  • What are the different modes of investment in Maritime sector?

    Investors may take any of the following routes to invest in maritime sector:
    a) EPC mode
    b) PPP mode
    c) Captive mode
    d) Fully privately owned ventures
    For further details, please refer the link.

  • What FDI policies are made for ports and shipping sector?

    100% FDI is allowed under the Ports & Shipping sector via automatic route.

    For more information, click here.

  • Are there any subsidies/financial assistance available for Maritime projects?

    Yes, financial assistance is available for certain identified sectors such as shipbuilding. Government has also announced exemptions from Customs and Central Excise duties on inputs used in shipbuilding. Tax holiday for 10 consecutive assessment years for infrastructure development including Ports and Inland Waterways also available. This may undergo procedural change with introduction of GST.
    For further details, please refer the link.

  • From where a person can get data for issue/transformation of a permit?

    The requirements for conversion/issue of licence are specified in CAR Section 7 Series ‘G’ Part I and schedule-II of the aircraft rules. The requirements for CPL are also clearly spelled out in the application form for issue / conversions of CPL.

    For more information, click here.

  • Is Viability Gap Funding (VGF) available for projects in Maritime sector?

    Viability Gap Funding is available for infrastructure projects under PPP mode.
    For further details, please refer the link.

  • 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 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.

  • Are there specific laws regarding the termination of employee contracts?

    According to the Shops and Establishments Act, no employer shall dispense with the services of an employee who has been in their continuous employment for not less than three months, without giving at least one month's notice.

    However, if the notice period prescribed under the Employment Contract of the employee is more than one month, the Company will have to provide the notice period as prescribed under the Contract. Please refer to the Shops and Establishments Act of the respective state for further details.

  • What is the digital influence on consumerism?

    Consumer’s degree of connectedness to digital media and online platforms will decide drivers of preferences. A well-connected (to digital world) consumer will have broader array of products and will be aware of the brands which may serve his needs.

  • Describe the term wholesale cash and carry as per the Foreign Direct Investment policy.

    Cash & Carry Wholesale trading/Wholesale trading, would mean sale of goods/merchandise to retailers, industrial, commercial, institutional or other professional business users or to other wholesalers and related subordinated service providers.

    For more information, click here.

  • Are there any legal requirements regarding apparel labelling?

    There are legal labelling requirements regarding garments in loose form in retail stores, which can be found below through the Legal Metrology Rules, 2011

    • Name or Description of Product
    • Size: Internationally recognizable size indicators - S, M, L, XL, etc. along with the details in metric notation in terms of cm or m as the case may be. Alternatively, the words ‘TO FIT SIZE’ instead of only ‘Size’ on the label may be used. 
    • Maximum Retail Price
    • Name, full address and customer care number of the manufacturer
  • What is a marketplace and inventory based model of e-commerce?

    1) Marketplace based model of e-commerce means providing an information technology platform by an e-commerce entity on a digital & electronic network to act as a facilitator between the buyer and seller.


    2) Inventory based model of e-commerce means an e-commerce activity where inventory of goods and services is owned by e-commerce entity and is sold to the consumers directly.

    For more information, click here.

  • Are there any required approvals and licenses or registrations that need to be procured in order to import apparel or other retail goods?

    Approval or licensing requirements depend on the product proposed to be imported to India. Further, in the case of proposed foreign investment, compliance with relevant provisions of the FDI Policy 2017 will have to be ensured. 

    Additionally, any person interested in importing goods into India must follow certain rules and guidelines as laid down by The Companies Act 2013, RBI guidelines etc. They must pay GST, Income Tax and other taxes as per state ruling.

    The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) issues Import Export (IE) Codes which are required for importing or exporting goods. The issued IE Codes can be used by the entity throughout its existence and don't require any renewal or filing.

  • Is there any condition for FDI under Single Brand Retail Trade?

    1)Products to be sold should be of a ‘Single Brand’ only i.e. sold under the same brand internationally products should be sold under the same brand in one or more countries other than India except for undertaking SBRT of Indian brands.

    2)‘Single Brand’ product-retail trading would cover only products which are branded during manufacturing.

    3)A non-resident entity or entities, whether owner of the brand or otherwise, shall be permitted, directly or through a legally tenable agreement with the brand owner for undertaking single brand product retail trading.

    4)The investing entity shall provide evidence to this effect at the time of seeking approval, including a copy of the licensing/franchise/sub-license agreement etc.

    For more information, click here.

  • Can my company use plastic bags and plastic packaging?

    According to the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, there is a complete ban of the manufacture, supply and storage of polythene bags and other plastic items such as cups, plates, spoons, and glasses in many states with a partial ban in some states like Maharashtra, West Bengal, Goa, Kerala etc. Some states permit polythene bags above 50 microns thickness.

    For more information, click here.

  • What are the different states that allow Multi Brand Retail Trading (MBRT) and are there any clauses under the rule?

    As per para 5.2.15.4 of the FDI Policy, 2017, the following states allow MBRT subject to the conditions mentioned in the policy:
     i.      Andhra Pradesh
     ii.     Assam
     iii.    Delhi
     iv.    Haryana
     v.     Himachal Pradesh
     vi.    Jammu &amp Kashmir
     vii.   Karnataka
     viii.  Maharashtra
     ix.    Manipur
     x.     Rajasthan
     xi.    Uttarakhand
     xii.   Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Union Territories)

    For more information, click here.

  • Where can I find regulations in food safety?

    Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is the regulatory authority and has created a comprehensive policy framework on food safety and standards in India.

    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.

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  • What are the government sponsored schemes in textile industry?

    The Ministry of Textiles through the Textile Committee provides information on the various schemes available for the textile sector. The schemes are aimed at providing wholistic benefits and growth opportunities to this sector.

    These schemes are:

    1. Power-loom sector.
    2. Technology upgradation.
    3. Cluster development programme/ integrated textile parks.
    4. Integrated Skill Development Scheme.
    5. Technical Textiles

    For more information, click here

  • What number of COEs have been set up so far under materials and pieces of clothing part?

    The Government is in the process of setting up of four centres of excellence. These are:

    • Geotech: Set up by the Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) & Ahmedabad Textile Industry`s Research Association (ATIRA), with BTRA as lead partner
    • Agrotech: Synthetic & Art Silk Mills Research Association (SASMIRA) & Man-made Textile Research Association (MANTRA) & Navsari Agriculture University with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi as knowledge partner with SASMIRA as lead partner.
    • Protech: Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) & Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi with NITRA as lead partner.
    • Meditech: South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) and AC College of Technology with SITRA as lead partner.

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  • What is Export Promotion & Quality Assurance under Ministry of Textile?

    The Export Promotion & Quality Assurance Division carries out functions under various Sections of The Textiles Committee Act, such as conducting technical studies in the textile industry, Promotion of textile exports, Establishing, adopting and recognizing standard specifications for textiles and packing materials, Specifying the type of quality control or inspection needs to be applied to textiles, providing training on the techniques of quality control to be applied to textiles etc.

    For more information, click here.

     

  • What are the Centers Of Excellence (COEs)?

    To provide infrastructure support at one place for thrust areas of the technical textiles, the Government is in the process of setting up of four centres of excellence.

    For more information, click here.

  • What is Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS)?

    ATUFS is set up to incentivise production and employment in the garmenting sector. The scheme would facilitate augmenting of investment, productivity, quality, employment, exports along with import substitution in the country.

    For more information, click here.

  • What are the segments eligible for capital subsidy under Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUF)?

    Capital investment subsidy will be available for entities in following segment:

    1. Weaving, weaving preparatory and knitting
    2. Processing of fibres, yarns, fabrics, garments and make up
    3. Technical textiles
    4. Garments/ made-up manufacturing
    5. Handloom sector
    6. Silk sector
    7. Jute Sector

    For more information, click here

  • Is there a list of importers and exporters of technical textiles available?

    There are 369 technical textiles importers and 680 technical textiles exporters in India as per the latest available figures. The list of exporters and importers along with contact details, export segment & product exported is available in the website link. 

  • How can one apply for India Handloom Brand?

    One can apply for the registration by submitting:

    1. a duly filled application form in duplicate in the prescribed format;
    2. applicable registration fees; and
    3. sample of your product(s) of 0.25 meter length in full width of the fabric.

    For more information, click here

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  • 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.