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Quality standards of the products

From PIB Delhi

The Indian government has taken a number of steps to improve the quality standards of products made under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Some of these steps taken by the government are included in Appendix I.

The government has taken a number of steps to empower the startups and promote the Vocal for Local campaign. Some of the steps taken are included in Appendix II.

The government has engaged with various ecommerce platforms for the onboarding of small sellers of domestic products and shared lists of sellers / sellers with such platforms. With the aim of increasing the visibility of such products, e-commerce platforms were also commissioned to provide separate search options for such products and to develop a storefront to present these products on their platforms.

APPENDIX-I

Steps taken by the government to improve the quality standards of the products

  1. Quality control orders (QCOs): In order to ensure the availability of quality products to consumers, various ministries / government agencies of India, in the exercise of the powers established by Section 16 of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016, ensure the conformity of products to Indian standards.
  1. Standard characters (ISI characters): BIS grants manufacturers a license to use the standard mark (ISI mark) on the product that conforms to the relevant Indian standards.
  1. Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) program: To give manufacturing a big boost, the government has launched a Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) program for 13 sectors at a cost of Rs.197 million over the next five years.
  1. Public procurement: In order to give domestic manufacturers a purchase preference, the Regulation on Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) on Industrial Steam Generators / Boilers was enacted on September 29, 2020.
  2. Identification of focus subsectors: As part of Make in India 2.0, 24 priority sub-sectors were identified in order to improve the competitiveness and export of the manufacturing sector.
  1. Authorized Group of Secretaries (EGoS) and Project Development Cells (PDCs): Government set up Qualified Group of Secretaries (EGoS) and Project Development Cells (PDCs) in ministries / departments to accelerate investments through coordination between the federal government and state governments
  1. UdyogManthan: The first of its kind Brainstorming exercise Increasing productivity and quality in Indian industry to realize the vision of an AatmaNirbhar Bharat for all major sectors of manufacturing and services
  1. Strengthening the IPR regime: Infrastructure upgrade, digitization of the workflow in IP offices, increase in staff; Strengthening IP protection for MSMEs and start-ups through dedicated systems
  1. New definition of MSME: The definition of the micro-manufacturing and service unit has been increased to Rs. 1 crore investment and Rs. 5 million in sales. The small unit limit has been increased to Rs. 10 crore investment and Rs 50 crore turnover. Similarly, the limit of a medium unit was Rs 20 billion in investments and Rs 100 crore in sales. The limit for medium-sized manufacturing and service units was further increased to Rs. 50 crore investment and Rs. 250 million euros in sales. It was also decided that sales in relation to exports should not count towards the sales limits for each category of MSME unit, regardless of whether they are micro, small or medium-sized enterprises.

APPENDIX-II

Government Steps to Promote Startups and Promote Vocal for Local Campaign

  • 1. Compliance regime based on self-certification
  • 2. Startup India Hub
  1. Startup India Portal and Mobile App

4. Legal assistance and expedited patent examination at a lower cost

5. Relaxed public procurement norms for startups

6. Faster exit for startups

7. Promotion of support through a fund of funds

8. Loan Guarantee Fund for Startups

9. Tax exemption on investment income

10. Tax exemption for startups for 3 years

11. Tax exemption for systems above the market value

12. Organization of startup parties to present innovations and provide a platform for collaboration

13. Start of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) with the Self Employment and Talent Use Program (SETU)

14. Participation of states in strengthening startup ecosystems

15. Big challenges

16. Promote women’s entrepreneurship

17th National Startup Awards

18. Prarambh

19. Seed Fund

20. Investment funding for startups (Priority Sector Lending)

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, ShriSomParkash, announced this information in a written reply in the LokSabha today.

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