In a first in India, Kerala state government through Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) plans to introduce a web portal for online clearance for startups.
The single-window system called K-SWIFT, with an online Common Application Form (CAF), is expected to clear the hassles for startups and industries to apply for permits and clearances. To make it effective, the system is being integrated with a software called Intelligent Building Planning Management Software (IBPMS) and it is planned for launch this month.
“K-SWIFT (Kerala – Single window interface for fast disposal and transparency) with its CAF platform is expected to bring sweeping changes in the industrial sector and startup ecosystem in the state. For instance, if an industry proposal is uploaded online, the applicant has to feed in information like survey number or mention whether the land is ecologically fragile, waste land or poromboku. Unless the proposal meets the criteria, the applicant cannot upload it. Thus it weeds out all manipulations and corrupt practises,” said KSIDC managing director M Beena.
Normally, an entity requires clearance from 14 to 20 departments, including local self-government department and pollution control board. K-SWIFT awaits certification from the auditing agency of the central government. Once audited, the agency will refer it to National Informatics Centre (NIC) for rectifying software errors, if any, and then it would be launched.
The above development was first reported in Times of India.
To recall, India’s First United Nations Technology Innovation Lab for startups will also going to be set up in Kerala only [Read Here].
Recently, the state government has also launched a 2-year incubation programme for startups in the state.
Earlier in August, Kerala state government had issued an order wherein all the state government departments would develop the mobile apps from startups who have found a mention in the list cleared by Kerala Startup Mission.