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By  NewsGram Staff Writer

The Central government has announced a national manufacturing policy to enhance the share of manufacturing in GDP to 25% paving the way for 100 million jobs in the coming years.  Nirmala Sitharaman informed that the Government has taken a number of important steps to gear up the manufacturing sector.

An investor facilitation cell has been created to make the investment process easy and accessible for  investors. Make in India’s web-portal will be used for the dissemination of information on twenty five sectors along with details of FDI policy, National Manufacturing Policy, Intellectual Property Rights, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and other National Industrial Corridors.

Fourteen  services cutting across Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Employee’s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Reserve bank of India and Department of Corporate Affairs have been integrated with the eBiz portal to improve ease of doing business in India.  For trading across borders the requirement of forms has been brought down to three. The process of registration with Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation has been made on line and real-time.

A unified portal for registration of units for LIN, reporting of inspection, submission of returns and grievance redressal has been launched by the Ministry of Labour & Employment.  The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has advised Ministries and State Governments to simplify and rationalize the regulatory environment through business process reengineering and use of information technology.

A large number of components of Defence Products’ list have been excluded from the purview of Industrial Licensing. Dual use items, having military as well as civilian applications (unless classifieds as defence items) have been excluded from requirement of Industrial Licence from Defence angle.

The application process for Industrial Licence and Industrial Entrepreneur’s Memorandum has been made easy by simplifying the form and making the processes online 24×7. The validity period of Industrial Licence and security clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs has been increased. The process of registration with Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation has been made on line and real-time.

The process of obtaining environment and forest clearances has been made online. Partial commencement of production is being treated as commencement of production of all the items included in the licence.

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World Class Zoo Worth Rs 500 Cr to Come Up in Mumbai

The proposed site in Aarey Milk Colony was inspected by a CZA team in 2014 which recently gave its clearance

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The zoo, estimated to cost around Rs 500 crore. Pixabay

An ultra-modern zoo of global standards, spread across 100 acres, is expected to come up in the lush green environs in the suburban Goregaon in Maharashtra, officials said here on Wednesday.

The zoo, estimated to cost around Rs 500 crore, will have a host of unseen wild animals, trails and jungle safaris, nature education centre, a separate breeding centre and other facilities as per guidelines of Central Zoo Authority (CZA).

The proposed site in Aarey Milk Colony was inspected by a CZA team in 2014 which recently gave its clearance, and the new zoo will be virtually adjacent to two tourism centres like the famed Film City and nearby the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).

On Wednesday, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Maharashtra Forest Department and BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) whereby 100 acres of the 190-acre government land will be given for setting up the zoo.

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An ultra-modern zoo of global standards, spread across 100 acres, is expected to come up in the lush green environs in the suburban Goregaon in Maharashtra. Pixabay

The BMC will soon appoint a project management consultant and prepare a comprehensive master plan for the zoo which will be executed from its own resources. However, the net revenues shall be shared by the civic body and the forest department.

The MoU documents were signed and exchanged in the presence of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

As per the MoU, the forest department will provide technical expertise in procuring various animals for the zoo and other facilities which would showcase the rich biodiversity of the state and the country.

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Since there is no space to expand the existing 50-acre zoo in Byculla, an alternative site inside the Aarey Milk Colony was explored. (IANS)