Government considering using PAN number as unique identifier for businesses for single-window clearance – details!

The government is considering allowing businesses to use Permanent Account Number (PAN) instead of other data as a unique identifier to enter the National Single Window System for obtaining various clearances and approvals from central and state departments. Has been

Currently there are more than 13 different business IDs like EPFO, ESIC, GSTN, TIN, TAN and PAN which are being used to apply for various government approvals.
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said his ministry has already approached the revenue department on the matter.

“We are moving towards using one of the existing databases as the entry point, which is already available with the government… and that will probably be the PAN number. So with the PAN, a lot about the company All the basic data, its directors, addresses and a lot of general data are already available in the PAN database,” Goyal told reporters here.

The National Single Window System (NSWS) aims to reduce duplication of information submission to various ministries, reduce compliance burden, cut construction period of projects and promote ease of starting and doing business.

NSWS enables tracking of identification, application and subsequent approval for all integrated states and central departments.

He added that the use of PAN number would help in auto-populating other application forms received in the system and help in expediting the approval process and encourage more companies to apply on the system.

The system currently accepts applications for 248 government-to-business clearances and approvals from 26 central ministries and departments, including states.

So far, 19 states/UTs including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Karnataka and 27 central government departments are already connected to the system, which was launched in September last year. and it is under beta. test phase.

The minister also informed that businesses are currently taking approvals for various policies including Vehicle Scrappage Policy, Ethanol Policy, Hallmarking of Jewelery and Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) approval.

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“We are moving towards new areas like all inspection approvals, country of origin approvals, Export Promotion Council applications. In the next phase, these will come on the system,” he said, adding that all applicants for the production linked incentive scheme are The use of the system is being encouraged.

He was addressing the media after the review meeting of National Single Window System in New Delhi on Monday. The meeting was attended by 32 Central Ministries/Departments, 36 States/UTs and industry associations.

He said that NSWS also helps in reducing data duplication and filling of similar data in different forms by using auto-population module.

He informed that the NSWS has so far received around 76,000 applications/requests and around 48,000 approvals have been granted.

Renewal of license with five ministries namely Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles will soon be brought under NSWS.

The objective of the review meeting was to ensure the onboarding of investor related approvals to meet the timelines.

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