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Driving Licence Renewal

Driving Licence Renewal

As per the Motor Vehicles Act, it is mandatory for any drivers to hold a valid driving licence to drive on the road. In India, the driving licence is issued by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is valid for a certain period. However, the application for renewal of driving licence has to made within 30 days from the date of expiry of validity. This article explains the procedure for renewal of driving license in detail.

Also, read about how to apply for Driving Licence.

Validity of Driving Licence

The validity of the driving licence is given below:

S.No Type of Vehicle Validity
1. Transport Vehicle 3 years
2. Non-Transport Vehicle 5 years

Note: If driving Licence expired more than 5 years ago, a new driving test would be conducted for renewal of the License.

Renewal Fee

The prescribed fee for renewal of the driving license is tabulated below:

S.No Purpose Amount
1. Renewal of Driving License Rs.200
2. Renewal of driving licence for which the application is made after the grace period. Rs.300

Documents Required

The following are the documents to be submitted along with the application form of driving license:

  • Copy of applicant’s medical certificate.
  • Proof of age: Any valid government-issued document like Aadhar card, PAN card , passport, voter ID card etc. have to be enclosed.
  • Address proof: passport , driving licence, electricity bill, phone bill, lease agreement etc.
  • Passport size photographs of the applicant have to be furnished.
  • Copy of valid permanent driving licence has to be submitted.
  • In the case of the address change, a permanent licence holder should update the same within one month at the RTO/RTA. Also, the person can visit the RTO office, which issued the original licence or at the nearest regional office or can apply online to modify the address.
  • If the permanent driving licence holder has relocated to another state, then the licence holder from another state also has to submit a copy of NOC issued.

Offline Application Procedure

A driving license can be renewed using the form no. 9 that the applicant needs to fill with the required details and submit at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) along with the documents required to update or renew the driving license. This application form will be checked by the concerned authority of the RTO to understand the specifics of the applicant current driving license. A renewed driving license can be downloaded from online or can also be obtained from your nearby RTO office.

Note: The application form for the renewal of the driving licence is given below in the pdf format.

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Online Application Procedure

The online application procedure for the renewal of the driving license is explained in detail:

Step 1: The applicant needs to access the official portal of Sarathi, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.

Step 2: Select the respective state from the list of the state shown below.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 1

Step 3: Click on “Apply Online†and select “Renewal of Driving Licence†to apply for driving licence renewal.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 2

Step 4: On the next page, read the following instructions carefully and click on the “Continue†button to proceed further.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 3

Step 5: Now, enter the details of driving license number, date of birth, category of driving licence holder, state, RTO and Pincode and then click on the “Proceed†button.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 4

Step 6: The details of the driving licence page is shown to verify the details displayed and click on “Confirm†button to proceed.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 5

Step 7: Select the required service and click on the “Proceed†button, then data accepted successfully message will be shown.

Step 8: The acknowledgement form will be generated with the applicant details and the service requested (Renewal of Driving License) and click on the “Proceed†button to proceed further.

Upload the Document

Step 9: Click on “Upload Documents†button to upload the required documents and click on the “Next†button.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 6

Step 10: Press the “Ok†button to continue for uploading the documents.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 7

Step 11: Select the address proof from the documents list, upload the same and click on the “Submit†button.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 8

Step 12: On the next stage, select the age proof from the document list, upload the same and click on the “Confirm†button.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 9

Step 13: Select the “Form-1†for uploading and click on the “Upload†button to confirm. Click on the “Next†button to continue.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 10

Payment of Fee

Step 14: Select the “Fee Payment†and click on “Next†to make the fee payment.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 11

Step 15: Read the below-given instruction carefully and “click here to continue e-payment†for the continuation of the payment process.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 12

Step 16: In the application fee window, calculate the fee and select the bank from bank or gateway and provide the captcha and click on “Pay Now†for continuing the payment process.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 13

Step 17: On the next page, verify all the details and click on “Proceed for payment†for the continuation of the payment process.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 14

Step 18: Click on the “Continue†button to log in to the bank for the continuation of the payment process.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 15

Step 19: Upon successful payment, the acknowledgement message for payment successful will be shown. Click on the “Print Receipt†button to generate payment receipt.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 16

Step 20: The payment receipt will be generated and verify the details given in the payment receipt.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 17

Upload the Photo and Signature

Step 21: In the next step, click on “Upload Photo and signature†button to upload the photo and signature and click on the “Next†button.

Step 22: Read the below-given instructions carefully for the size of the photo and signature and click on “Upload and View files†button.

Step 23: After uploading the “Photo and signature†successfully, the message will be displayed and then click on the “Next†button.

Note: On verifying the above details, the licence will be renewed within 15 working days from the date of application.

Print Renewed Licence

Step 24: On approval of your application, the renewed driving licence can be taken the print out by the applicant.

Step 25: Click on “Print Driving Licence†option which is present on the same portal.

Step 26: Enter the respective application number and date of birth and click on the “Submit†button to print your renewed driving licence.

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Driving Licence Renewal – Image 18

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Pradhan Mantri Ji-Van Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Ji-Van Yojana

Reduction in dependence on imported crude oil is essential for the economic and environmental well-being of the country. The government of India has been promoting the production and usage of biofuels like ethanol-blended petrol. Current levels of bioethanol production fall short of the amount required to achieve the government’s target of 10% blending by 2021-22. The Pradhan Mantri Ji-Van Yojana has been launched to encourage commercial-scale production of bioethanol.

The scheme’s sole focus is on Second Generation (2G) bioethanol that is produced from non-edible agricultural by-products and organic waste. The capital cost and the conversion cost of 2G ethanol are much higher than the conventional molasses method. The Pradhan Mantri Ji-Van Yojana offers financial assistance to companies for setting up 2G ethanol biorefineries.

Advantages of 2G Ethanol Biorefineries

Along with cellulosic ethanol, 2G ethanol biorefineries have other avenues of profitable production. These refineries may also produce the following products from surplus lignin:

  • High-value chemicals like Xylitol, L-Arabinose, Furfural and high-fructose syrup
  • Liquid Carbon dioxide or dry ice
  • High-quality compost
  • Biogas and pellets

Objectives of the Scheme

Major objects of the Pradhan Mantri Ji-Van Yojana are to:

  • Encourage commercially viable 2G bioethanol production
  • Offer supplementary income to farmers by transforming their agricultural by-products into raw material for refineries
  • Reduce air pollution caused by activities like stubble burning to get rid of agricultural waste
  • Contribute to the government’s Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme to reduce imported oil dependence by 10%
  • Create direct and indirect employment opportunities
  • Help in better waste management by using biodegradable waste as raw material
  • Encourage and indigenous innovative biomass to ethanol conversion techniques

Projects Supported

  • The Pradhan mantra Ji-Van Yojana supports setting up bioethanol projects of two kinds:

    • Commercial-scale projects to produce commercially viable quantities of bioethanol for blending
    • Demonstration scale projects to encourage technology providers to make newer methods of bioethanol production viable

This scheme establishes12 commercial scale and 10 demonstration-scale 2G bioethanol refineries so far.

  • For this purpose, it has a total outlay of Rs.1969.5 crores.
  • The scheme will be implemented in two phases:
    • The first phase will cover 6 commercial projects and 5 demonstration projects from 2018-19 to 2022-23.
    • The second phase will cover the rest of the projects from 2020-21 to 2023-24.

Nodal Agencies

The nodal agency for recommending eligible projects for the scheme is the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG). For implementation purposes and offering secretarial support to SAC, the Centre for High Technology (CHT), another body under MoPNG has been designated as the nodal agency.

Application and Scheme Implementation

  1. The implementing agency, CHT, shall invite proposals online and offline for project development under the Pradhan Mantri Ji-Van Scheme.
  2. Entities interested in setting up refineries under the scheme must submit proposals and relevant documents, subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria.
  3. The other nodal agency, SAC, will appraise the proposals based on some selection criteria and recommend the project if fit for a financial grant
  4. After a recommendation, a verification process is done, and the financial assistance will be sanctioned.
  5. Based on the progress of the project, funds will be released in multiple phases.
  6. Once production begins, the commercial projects must supply the entire quantity of 2G bioethanol to Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) for the purpose of blending.
  7. After two years, the MoPNG will review the project and if satisfied, will deem it ‘successful’.

Eligibility Criteria

Companies applying for a grant under the Pradhan Mantri Ji-Van yojana must possess experience in at least one of the following activities in order to be considered.

  • Crude oil refining
  • Chemical/petrochemical production or handling
  • Marketing fossil fuels/biofuel blended fossil fuels
  • Handling large amounts of biomass waste

Apart from these companies, the following entities may also apply for:

  • Technology licensor with the technique of 2G ethanol production
  • State or central government departments
  • Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs)
  • Local civic bodies addressing environmental issues
  • Registered research & educational institutions may apply for demonstration-scale projects alone

Following types of companies are not eligible for assistance under the scheme:

  • Declared wilful defaulters by RBI
  • Declared non-cooperative borrowers by RBI
  • Companies which have availed one-time settlement

Other Salient Features

  • Companies may choose to include working capital under the total project cost.
  • SAC retains discretion to fix selection criteria or other conditions for appraisal of proposals.
  • Grants, when released, shall be routed through the CHT which is responsible for maintaining legal formalities and guarantees.
  • Project developers must enter into an EPA (Ethanol Purchase Agreement) with OMCs, assuring the procurement of 2G bioethanol.
  • Proposals must be based on ethanol price determined from time to time by the government.
  • Demonstration scale projects must function on a minimum of 50% of their nameplate capacity for cumulative or continuous three months of a year, for five years.
  • Projects approved cannot be sold to any third party without obtaining the prior consent of the government.

Quantum of Assistance

For commercial-scale projects, the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) available under the Ji-Van yojana is up to 20% of the total cost or Rs.5 crores per 10 lakh litres of the refinery’s nameplate capacity, whichever is lesser. Total funding allowed per project is capped at Rs.150 crores.

  • Fund release pattern:
Project status Fund release
Installation of equipment 25%
Mechanical erection 25%
Achieving 25% of annual production capacity 25%
Achieving 75% of annual production capacity 25%

For demonstration scale projects, the funding available is a maximum of Rs.15 crores for each technology. The companies may also receive additional funds amounting to another 20% of the total cost from PSUs and other government agencies.

Documents Required

When submitting their proposals for projects under Pradhan Mantri Ji-Van yojana, companies must also attach relevant documents such as:

  • Detailed feasibility report, representing the cost for various aspects of the project
  • Biomass and water assessment report
  • Supply chain and logistics report
  • Biomass assessment report
  • Technology licensing agreement
  • Document proving land ownership
  • Document establishing a source of enzymes
  • Technology trials report (For demonstration scale, companies may furnish lab results)
  • Life cycle analysis (LCA) report of proposed technology (only for commercial-scale)
  • Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract and OBE with the reputed organisation (Preference for companies with contractors operating in India, so that local sourcing can be arranged)
  • Three-year contract, renewable for two more years, for O&M (Operation & Maintenance) with the vendor or technology provider
  • Three-year contract, renewable for two more years, with biomass supplier for uninterrupted flow of biomass

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Restaurant Approval

Restaurant Approval

In India, initiating a restaurant business is one among the highly profitable opportunity for the entrepreneurs. The Ministry of Tourism has started a voluntary scheme for the approval of Standalone Restaurants in the country with the aim of providing regulated world-class services to the tourists. The objective is to encourage quality standards and services in Standalone Restaurants so as to promote tourism in India and abroad. Let us look in detail about the Restaurants criteria, documents required and application procedure for the Approval of Standalone Restaurants in this article.

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Eligibility Criteria

In general, the below listed are the criteria to apply for the Approval of Standalone Restaurants.

  • Restaurants to be fully and effectively air-conditioned. In case of an open-air restaurant, the committee in its discretion would relax this condition. The restaurants located in the hill stations must have proper heating arrangements.
  • Design and decor of the establishment must be on point.
  • Various types of cuisine to be offered
  • Service quality
  • Crockery (Good quality crockery, cutlery, tableware, glassware, silverware and linen to be provided)
  • Kitchen and Washing areas (to be clean, hygienic, well equipped and well-maintained kitchen and pantry along with the proper and adequate cold storage facilities)
  • Cooking utensils must also be of good quality and well arranged.
  • In the case of a manually operated washing system, a 3 tier system must be applied.
  • Steps to be taken to keep the place clean and safe from all types of pests. The pest control of all areas to be done regularly.
  • Segregated wet and dry garbage disposal system to be available
  • Cleanliness & Hygiene: Front and public areas, rooms, kitchen, pantry, dining area, refrigerator, store or bar (where applicable as per the bye-laws), garbage, staff facilities and back areas including the maintenance areas.
  • The registration to be taken with the local authorities such as Police, Municipality, Water, Fire, Electricity, State Tourism Department or Corporation.
  • The CCTV cameras in the public spaces along with the data backup are mandatory.
  • The supervisory staff in contact with the Guests must be able to understand and speak English. Other staff in the restaurants must be available to explain the items on the menu to the customers.
  • Explanatory notes in English must be given in the menu cards, in case, languages other than English are used.
  • The staff to be with smart and clean uniforms.
  • There must be telephone facilities, first aid box, etc
  • Staff facility services (Separate Ladies and Gents cloakrooms, provision of lockers)
  • There must be proper facilities and services to be given a for the physically challenged and segregation of smoking and non-smoking area.

Note: A minimum marks of 60% is required for the Mark Sheet regarding Cleanliness and Hygiene.

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Documents Required

The following are the checklist/documentation that has to be submitted by the Standalone Restaurants applying for the approval.

  • Name of the Restaurant
  • Name and address of the Promoters or Owners along with a note on their business antecedents.
  • Complete postal details of the promoter along with the telephone, Email address and Fax.

Documents related to the status of the promoter/owner

  • If Private and Public Limited Company with the copies of Memorandum and Articles of Association.
  • If Partnership, Partnership Deed  and Registration Certificate is required to be submitted
  • If a proprietary  concern, then the name & address of proprietor and Registration Certificate to be submitted
  • Location of the restaurant site along with the postal address

Documents related to the details of the site

  • Distance in Kilometers from the Railway station and airport
  • The located area on State or National Highway
  • Distance from the city centre/town/shopping area etc.
  • Located between which major cities or towns

Documents that specify the details of the Restaurant

  • The area in sq.m. along with the title – owned/leased with the proof of sale/lease deed
  • Copy of Land Use permit/letter from the local authorities
  • Number of seats
  • Toilets facilities for ladies and gents
  • Details of public areas, lobby/bar, parking space, facilities for the physically abled, eco-friendly systems and any other additional facilities. The area for each facility must be indicated in sq. ft.
  • Details of Fire Fighting Devices/Hydrates, etc.
  • Details of measures for water/energy conservation and other eco-friendly devices and initiatives
  • Details of air-conditioning/power back-up
  • Area of the Establishment – 200 sq. ft. for restaurants of seating space up to 100 people and 300 sq. ft. for more than 100 people
  • Certificates/No Objection Certificates

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Procedure for the Approval of Restaurants

The applicant has to follow the below step by step procedure for the Approval of Restaurants.

Access the Website

Step 1: The application for the approval of Restaurant can be submitted online by accessing the official web-portal of Classification, Approval and Occupancy of Hotels .

New User Application

Step 2: In the case of a new user, the applicant has to get registered in the official web-portal by clicking on the “New Registration†link which will direct to the registration page.

Login to Portal

Step 4: Now, log in with the registered User Identity and Password.

Step 5: After Login, a new page will be displayed, where the applicant will have to Apply for the Approval of Restaurants

Application Form

Step 6: The following application form will get opened on clicking the link “Apply for Approval of Restaurantsâ€.

Fill out the Right Credentials

Step 7: The information of the owner has to fill out all the requested details in the approval form.

Step 8: After providing all the details, the applicant has to click on the “save and proceed†button.

Upload Documents

Step 9: Now upload all the documents that are mentioned above then click on “save and proceedâ€Â button.

Step 10: The uploaded documents that are received from applicants after scrutiny in all respects would be acknowledged online.

Make Payment

Step 11: Applications for the Approval of Operational Restaurants with the requisite fee is payable only by Debit/Credit Card/RTGS/NEFT.

Step 12: The application fee payable for approval and renewal of a restaurant is Rs.5000. The demand draft (DD) would be payable to “Pay & Accounts Officer, Department of Tourism, New Delhi 

Note:

  • All the applications for the approval of Standalone Restaurants must be complete in all respects – application form, prescribed fee, clearances, NOC’s, certificates, etc. The incomplete application is subject to be rejected.
  • Any deficiencies/rectification pointed by the HRACC to be completed with within the specified time, which has been allotted in the consultation with the representatives during the inspection. Fail to correct the mistakes will result in the rejection of the approval.

Renewal of Application

The validity of approval will be for a period of five from the date of the order issued or in case of re-approval from the date of expiry of the last approval/re-approval granted that the application has been received within the specified time mentioned along with the valid documents. The application along with required documents for renewal of the Restaurant’s approval to be submitted 3 months prior before the expiry of the approved date. 

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NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS)

NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS)

NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS) is a subsidiary that is wholly-owned by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) . It is engaged in offering consultancy services in every sphere of significant sectors such as Agriculture, Rural Development, and with particular focus on Banking, Multidisciplinary Projects, Institutional Development, Infrastructure, Training, and much more. NABCONS is registered under the Company’s Act of 1956 with an authorised capital of INR 250 Million, and a paid-up capital of INR 50 Million. It functions in parallel to the mission that NABARD thrives on, to bring about rural prosperity. This article talks about the various aspects of NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS).

Vision

The following is the vision of NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS).

To emerge as a leading organisation in offering consultancy and advisory services for facilitating the development of agriculture and the rural sector in India and the developing world.

Overview

NABCONS has contracted over 1000 consultancy assignments within a very short timespan. The Planning Commission, along with various Ministries of the Government of India and various State Governments, have taken the initiative to offer assignments directly to NABCONS with its excellence in experience and credibility.

It takes advantage of NABARD’s core competence in the sectors such Agriculture, Rural Development and with particular focus on Banking, Multidisciplinary Projects, Institutional Development, Infrastructure, Training, and much more, internalised over two decades of NABARD. Experienced and highly-qualified professionals drawn from a vast pool at NABCONS is accessible with the help of NABARD. NABCONS has a dynamic workforce with over 5000 individuals, which also includes 2500 officers constituting of Technical Experts, Financial Analysts, Economists, and other specialists/professionals, spread all across the country.

Specialists are posted in various State-Capital Regional Offices of NABARD and work in close coordination with related agencies such as the State Governments, Research Institutions and Universities, Financial Institutions, and more, who are directly/indirectly in relation with the development of various sectors. Therefore, these specialists have hands-on experience and are entirely aware of the ground realities under different agro-climatic conditions. The services of such experts are required by multiple agencies in their planning process, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Value Proposition

The following are the core features of the NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS).

  • Commitment to development
  • Backed by a vast experience of preparing and appraising of projects
  • Transparent business ethics
  • High stature amongst multiple state governments
  • Pricing of services with developmental orientation

Services Offered

NABCONS accepts consultancy assignments under various broad areas of competence, such as:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Project formulation
  • Appraisal
  • Financing arrangement
  • Project management and monitoring
  • Concurrent and impact evaluation
  • Vision documentation
  • Restructuring of agribusiness units
  • Institutional developments and turnaround of rural financial institutions
  • Development administration and reforms
  • Bank supervision
  • Performance rating of rural agencies
  • Seminars on rural development themes
  • Policy and action research studies
  • Exposure visits and capacity building
  • Micro finance-related training
  • Training for trainers and establishing up training institutions
  • Non-farm enterprise promotion.

The various services offered by NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS) are as follows:

  • Techno-economic feasibility studies and potential surveys
  • Techno-economic appraisals of projects related to bank financing
  • Debt restructuring
  • Detailed project formulation
  • Conceptualisation, design and implementation of various developmental programmes and projects
  • Micro-developmental planning, Investment surveys
  • Monitoring and evaluation of developmental projects and investments
  • Turn around strategy for banks and restructuring of developmental institutions
  • Capacity building and human resource development
  • International Visitors’ Programme/International Exposure Visits
  • Legislative drafting, model laws, documentation of agreements/contracts in development banking and service matters
  • Conduct Sectoral studies and identification of potentials and perspective plans.

Sectors of Operation

The following are the various sectors that NABCONS operates in.

Agriculture and Animal Husbandry

The services offered by NABCONS in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry are as follows:

  • Formulation of Concept Notes
  • Project Management Consultancy
  • Detailed Project Reports/Appraisal of New Projects
  • Third-Party Monitoring of Agri-infrastructure related Projects, NRM-based Livelihood Programmes, etc.
  • Preparation of State Agricultural Plans , Comprehensive District Agricultural Plans, State Agricultural Infrastructure Development Plan, Area Development Plans and Perspective Plan
  • Impact Assessment and Monitoring & Evaluation of Agri/Horti/AH schemes
  • Policy Advocacy related to Agriculture Supply Chain, Operations and Marketing.

Banking and Finance

The services offered by NABCONS in Banking and Finance are as follows:

  • Preparation of Banking Policies
  • Development of RFP for Procurement of Services
  • Information Technology and Information System Audit
  • Preparation of Institutional Roadmap and Vision Document
  • Project Appraisal
  • Preparation of Operational Manuals
  • Capacity Building & Awareness Creation

Climate Change

The services offered by NABCONS with respect to climate change are as follows:

  • Concept note and DPR preparation
  • Feasibility research on natural resource management
  • Climate-smart agriculture
  • Climate-resilient planning
  • Best practices and knowledge management
  • Monitoring and evaluation of climate change projects
  • Capacity building of stakeholders
  • Space informatics and geospatial advisories
  • Environmental and social management framework
  • Project management consultancy

Food Processing and Storage

The services offered by NABCONS with respect to food processing and storage are as follows:

  • Feasibility studies in agri-business/food processing sector
  • Market research and product placement survey
  • Techno-economic appraisal of projects
  • Preparation of detailed project report
  • Project management consultancy
  • Monitoring, evaluations and impact assessment studies of projects/schemes
  • Transaction advisory services for PPP projects

International Business

The services offered by NABCONS with respect to International Business are as follows:

  • Exposure visits to best practices in India
  • Preparation of Detailed Project Report
  • Conduct of feasibility studies
  • Project implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Product Development for improving access to financial services
  • Capacity building of various stakeholders

Skills for Livelihood

The services offered by NABCONS with respect to Skills for Livelihood are as follows:

  • Project management consultancy
  • Skill gap studies
  • Project monitoring and evaluation
  • Appraisal of project proposals
  • Impact assessment of skill development program
  • CSR advisory services in the skill domain

Socio-Economic

The services offered by NABCONS with respect to Socio-Economics are as follows:

  • Baseline Surveys and Feasibility Studies
  • Perspective Plan for Community Development
  • Diagnostic and Need Assessment Studies
  • Technical Support for Project Implementation
  • Advisory and Impact Assessment Services of CSR Activities
  • Studies related to monitoring and evaluation of Social Sector Schemes

Third-Party Monitoring and Infrastructure

The services offered by NABCONS with respect to Third-Party Monitoring and Infrastructure are as follows:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Project Management Consultancy
  • Detailed Project Reports
  • Concurrent Evaluation
  • Technical Evaluation
  • Physical and Financial Monitoring
  • Impact Assessment of Infrastructure

Contact Information

The following are the contact addresses of NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS).

Corporate Office

  • 24 Rajendra Place,
  • 7th Floor,
  • NABARD Building,
  • New Delhi -110125
  • Ph. 011-41539355
  • Fax 011-25753410
  • Email Address: headoffice@nabcons.in

Registered Office

  • Plot No. C-24,
  • G Block, 3rd Floor,
  • NABARD Building,
  • Bandra Kurla Complex,
  • Bandra East, Mumbai-400051
  • CIN No.: U74999 MH 2003 PTC 143150
  • Phone Number: 022-26539407
  • Fax Number: 022- 26520199
  • Email Address: headoffice@nabcons.in

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Jute Integrated Development Scheme (JIDS)

Jute Integrated Development Scheme (JIDS)

Jute has gained prominence in recent times thanks to rising awareness about usage on plastics. Jute can be used as an eco-friendly alternative to counter detrimental effects on the environment. As the largest producer of jute in the world, India stands to gain the most from the jute industry. Increased cultivation of jute and production of Jute Diversified Products (JDPs) ensures livelihood opportunities for rural folk. With this goal in mind, the Jute Integrated Development Scheme (JIDS) was launched by the Government of India.

Implementing Agency of the Scheme

The National Jute Board (NJB) is the implementing agency for JIDS. NJB will collaborate with various other partners such as SHG federations, cooperative societies, NGOs working for the environment, and entrepreneurs in the jute sector to implement the components of the scheme. JIDS has been operational since the financial year 2015-16. It works by establishing Jute Integrated Development Centres (JIDC) for implementation. Their progress is assessed by a Monitoring and Approval Committee (MAC) appointed by NJB.

Objectives of JIDS

The jute integrated development scheme aims to:

  • Increase awareness about the eco-friendly nature of jute so it can be used in the production of a wide variety of JDPs
  • Impart training and skill to the labour force involved in the decentralised jute sector of rural areas
  • Increase the production of JDPs by setting up more production units across the country
  • Offer employment opportunities to rural people in the production of jute products in newly created production units
  • Create a demand for raw jute, thereby securing the income of jute farmers
  • Encourage the production of innovative products from jute and also reintroduce traditional products in markets
  • Create efficient supply chains for smooth flow of jute raw material to the production units of JDPs
  • Increase the demand for jute products by undertaking market promotion activities in the jute industry

Key Components of JIDS

The jute integrated development scheme envisages the replacement of single-use plastic carry bags with jute bags in the domestic market first and then globally as well. It adopts a modular approach and has three key components:

  1. Developmental scheme: It includes creating JDP clusters where jute products like bags and handicrafts will be made. Training and institutional support are also provided under this component.
  2. Raw material and retail outlet support scheme: To ensure availability of jute fibre and yarn at fordable prices. This will benefit rural craftsmen and MSMEs of the jute sector.
  3. Market scheme: To promote the usage of jute products both in the domestic and the international market.

Implementation Strategy

  1. Developmental scheme: To encourage budding entrepreneurs to take up production of JDPs in a sustainable manner, jute integrated development scheme will organise
  • Workshops in various parts of the country to spread awareness and also to build capacity.
  • Training and product design programmes to encourage the use of jute in a wider range of products.

The collaborative agencies for this component are expected to facilitate and establish linkages with other handloom development projects of the government.

  1. Raw material and retail outlet support scheme: This aspect of JIDS is implemented by establishing supply outlets for the availability of jute as raw material. Artisans and other small businesses can procure jute at mill gate prices here. Information services regarding new applications of jute are also offered.
  2. Market scheme: The goal of this component is to generate business for small entrepreneurs and craftsmen through a sustainable approach. Techniques undertook to promote sales and increase demand for JDPs include,
    • Dissipation of market information through seminars and workshops
    • Marketing platforms such as fairs, exhibitions and trade shows at the village or district level
    • Highlighting the carbon-positive and eco-friendly nature of jute as an alternative to plastic
    • Brand promotion and advertisement campaigns focussed on innovative JDPs

Jute Integrated Development Centres (JIDC)

  • The JIDCs formed by Collaborating Agencies (CAs) are expected to offer the following services:

    • Identify JDP clusters for sustainable production through Women’s Self Help Groups (WSHGs), craftsmen, and SMEs
    • Spread awareness among the beneficiaries (small artisans, women, rural youth, artisans, budding entrepreneurs, etc.) about jute and its advantages
    • Offer basic and advanced training, skill up-gradation, and design dissemination to the beneficiaries
    • Collaborate with empanelled design trainers or masters under the scheme
    • Set up Training cum Production Centres (TCPCs) for the scheme

Three levels of training programmes are available: basic, advanced and design. Trainees who have achieved basic level may move on further, and those who have qualified the advanced level will be given design training. Each TCPC will offer training for a fixed number of beneficiaries.

Training level Batch strength Duration (in weeks)
Basic 20 3
Advanced 20 2
Design 20 2

Successful trainees will be linked to the same TCPC for production activities.

  • Selection and Venue: The targeted beneficiaries must be selected with the help of local government agencies for ease of linkage with government financial programmes. The venue for the TCPC may be either owned or hired by the collaborating agency. It must be centrally located and have adequate capacity to accommodate the batch.
  • The collaborating agency must take care of raw material access for training and production purposes. For marketing linkages, the CA must establish two retail outlets and ensure participation in fairs, trade shows, etc.
  • Focus products of the TCPC may be any of the following:
    • Handicrafts
    • Handloom products
    • Shopping bags
    • Utility products
    • Other products

Eligibility Criteria for Collaborating Agencies

The following entities may submit proposals for the establishment of JIDC/TCPC with financial assistance under the scheme:

  • Registered enterprises, manufacturers, merchant traders, exporters, etc. involved in the jute sector for at least three years
  • NGOs, cooperative societies, other federations, PSUs and government organisations with three years’ experience in skill training, production or marketing of JDPs
  • Other recognised agencies that have been promoting WSHGs in the jute sector for at least three years

Application Procedure and Documents Required

Invitations for submitting proposals and applications to establish TCPCs/JIDCs may be found online at the official website of NJB: http://jute.com/web/guest/schemes/jid_scheme

In a sealed cover, the following documents must be attached along with the proposal from the collaborating agency:

  • Relevant ownership documents
  • PAN and IT return for the last financial year
  • Annual reports and audited financial reports for the last three years
  • Supporting documents like project experience certificates, etc.
  • Recommendation from respective district magistrate or collector
  • Approach note highlighting the need for training in the jute sector
  • An undertaking from the CA that if allotted, the JIDC will be in operation for a minimum of one year unless terminated earlier by NJB

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NEDFi Rupee Term Loan Scheme

NEDFi Rupee Term Loan Scheme

The Rupee Term Loan (RTL) Scheme is provided by North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi) to provide financial assistance to the manufacturing or service sector to all North-Eastern states in India. The scheme was introduced to provide medium or long term funding from NEDFi, to increase and expand production in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sectors of North-Eastern states.

Overview

NEDFi is a public limited company established under Section 4-A of the Companies Act 1956. It provides various loans or schemes through MFI or NGOs for MSME and SME sectors.

RTL scheme is a part of Project Finance which provides financial assistance to industrial sectors to start-up SMEs, up-grade technology and infrastructure in North-Eastern states. Other loans provided by NEDFi under Project Finance are:

  • Equipment Finance Scheme
  • Corporate Finance Scheme
  • WCTL for Contract Finance Scheme
  • Working Capital Term Loan Scheme

Types of Loans offered through this scheme

  • Medium Loans
  • Long Term Loans

Goal of the Rupee Term Loan Scheme

The goal of this scheme is to increase the economic stability of the North-Eastern states by providing a platform to create entrepreneurs through sustainable and productive MSME sector.

Objectives of the Rupee Term Loan Scheme

  • To provide medium and long term loans to create new MSME sectors
  • Increase the production of manufacturing sectors by providing financial support to expand the clusters or industries
  • Provide financial assistance to up-grade the technology to increase the range of products, quality of products and increase the distribution geographically
  • Create employment opportunities through MSMEs
  • Increase the value of stakeholders

Benefits of the Rupee Term Loan Scheme

  • Loans can be designed as per the requirement of the project
  • Financial solutions are offered to MSMEs by NEDFi during maximum exposure in the national and international market
  • Creates an opportunity to initiate and develop the manufacturing sector for all individual or groups in North-Eastern states
  • The funding is project-dependent providing an opportunity to decrease capital funds by the investor
  • Minimum interest rates
  • Adjustable Primary and Collateral Security to obtain the loan

Click here to know about the North East Industrial Development Scheme

Funding Pattern of Rupee Term Loan Scheme

The RTL scheme provides more than Rs. 10 crores to the MSMEs for a single project. The funding is approved by the project approval committee as per the norms of NEDFi.

Financial Assistance to Individuals or Groups

The scheme supports up to 12% of financial support for every project by the MSME. The rest of the required funding for the implementation of the project can be availed through other schemes from NEDFi (refer above). However, the funding can vary as per the direction of the project approval committee.

Financial Assistance to Consortium Lenders

The scheme also provides funding to consortium lenders upon the projection of the project cost as decided by the consortium partners. The scheme financially supports 12% of the project cost. However, the limit of the funding to the consortium lenders is confined to 12%.

Debt Equity Ratio

The total liability of a shareholder to the project is calculated in the ratio to a maximum of 1.85:1.

Contribution from the Promoter

In terms of individual or groups, the promoter shall contribute a minimum of 35-40% of the total project cost. For consortium lenders, the minimum contribution to the project can be a unanimous decision by the consortium partners.

Interest Rate for the Loans

NEDFi offers the loans to the MSMEs with a Prime Lending Rate (PLR) of 3% per annum for RTL scheme.

Application Fee

The RTL scheme requires paying an up-front fee of the total loan amount availed by the Individual, groups or consortium lenders after the loan is sanctioned by the project approval committee. The details of the fee per cent are:

S. No

Amount

Fee

1

Up to Rs. 10 crore

1%

2

Above Rs. 10 crore

0.75%

Security to Submit

Primary Security

The NEDFi requires all the assets obtained through RTL scheme shall be secured with the first charge as a primary security to recover the loans. Although the norms require the loans to be secured with the first charge, the board of directors could change priorities if necessary.

Collateral Security

  • The NEDFi might require collateral security to avail the RTL scheme
  • The applicant who applies for the loan must own the property
  • The property should not be in the lease or occupied by the tenants

Repayment of the loan

  • The duration of repaying the loan can be extended up to 5-8 years.
  • The duration can be extended upon the approval from the board of directors
  • However, any postponed payment shall not be considered for extension and should be repaid before the stipulated time.

 Click here to know about the  North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme

Eligibility Criteria to Avail RTL Scheme

  • Industrial sectors located in any North-Eastern states that require up-gradation in infrastructure, technology and distribution outlets
  • Applicable to Individuals, Groups or Consortium Lenders
  • Manufacturing and services sector operating in North-Eastern states
  • The manufacturing and services sector should be registered with GST authority
  • All MSME and SME sectors

Project Approval

To avail loan for RTL scheme, the applicant must produce Detailed Project Report (DPR) for approval. The report should contain an analysis of geographical location, infrastructure, case studies or research on the products, marketing, loan amount required and purpose of the loan

The project will be approved by the project approval committee or by the board of directors at NEDFi.

Information Required for Project Approval

  • Details of the company or firm
  • Project proposal and DPR
  • Details of Promoters and Directors
  • Details of employees, assets and organisational chart
  • Details on products being produced, research on competitors and industry analysis
  • Details on Geographical location and land
  • Details on the process of the company such as salient features, quality control and waste management
  • Details on raw materials, utilities, technical consultants, architects and technology
  • Report on the cost of the project

Documents Required for Project Approval

  • Detailed Project Report
  • Documents of the company or the firm such as registration certificate, memorandum articles etc.
  • Proof of documents related to the applicant, directors, associated companies and assets
  • If the company is active more than a year, documents related to balance sheet, financial ratios and cash flow statement
  • Proof of documents such as PAN Card, Driving License, Net-worth, banking details and IT returns

Process of Availing the Loan

Step 1: Prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR)

Step 2: Prepare a Project Proposal

Step 3: Organise the documents as required by NEDFi (check above links)

Step 4: Provide the Project Proposal and DPR to the project approval committee or the board of directors

Step 5: After approval of the project, pay the application fee

To know more on how to a prepare project proposal, DPR and documentation process, click here

The RTL scheme is applicable to the following North-Eastern states:

  • Sikkim
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Assam
  • Meghalaya
  • Nagaland
  • Manipur
  • Tripura
  • Mizoram

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NSIC-TIC Scheme for Small Entrepreneurs

NSIC Training & Incubation Centre (NSIC-TIC) Scheme for Small Entrepreneurs

 The Government of India through National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) has approved 35 new incubators based on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode in Start-up India Action Plan. This creates a step ahead in reinforcing the growing start-up ecosystem in India, where the investors and firms are being encouraged as incubators. This article highlights the concepts, aspects and benefits of the scheme that facilitates NSIC-Training and Incubation Centres (NSIC-TIC) under the PPP model.

Objectives of NSIC-TIC

One of the main aims of National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) is to promote and develop entrepreneurship in the country. It has been aiding and promoting Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs)  by launching several beneficial schemes and programs to accomplish its mission. NSIC emphasis on eliminating unemployment and encouraging first-generation entrepreneurs in establishing micro or small enterprises. However, it has limited centres across the country to carry out the training programme.

Recently, the corporation launched a program called Scheme for setting up of NSIC Training-cum-Incubation Center (NSIC-TIC) for Small Enterprise Establishment Under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Mode to collaborate with the private partners and provide handholding support to MSMEs.

Purpose of the NSIC-TIC Scheme

The scheme envisions and focuses on three major areas including employment, skill development and establishment of small business enterprises. It is,

  • To empower and eradicate unemployment, irrespective of the caste, creed and gender.
  • To train the person in acquiring skill development that includes comprehensive and analytical skills.
  • To motivate the skilled person in starting up a business enterprise.

Eligibility Criteria for Setting up NSIC-TIC

NSIC holds certain norms in selecting the Franchisees/Private Partner, who have prior experience in training or entrepreneurship development . The franchisees can be Educational and Technical Institution, Company, Firm, NGO, Ex-employees/Officers of NSIC etc.

The roles and responsibilities that a Franchisee or a Private Partner involved in setting up a new training under NSIC-TIC are:

  • The franchisee should possess a readily available built-up area of 2000 sq. ft. with required power, water, for installation of the project under the scheme.
  • The franchisee should produce a list of training modules and the schedule of its execution. The required equipment and machinery can be procured under the support of NSIC.
  • The franchisee should make the necessary arrangements in terms of funds, infrastructure, equipment and machinery available for furnishing the proposed area.
  • The proof of fund-raising is to be attached with the Application Form.
  • The franchisee should render the day-to-day administration with proper management.
  • The franchisee is free to choose the training module from the five different modules of Training Incubation Centres (TIC) .
  • The franchisee should appoint the faculty for the training.
  • The franchisee should take responsibility for widening the training program with an advertisement in local media, newspaper and digital media.
  • The franchisee should decide the fees and select the candidates for enrolment of the training.
  • The franchisee should upload the required details like Name, age, category and qualification of the enrolled trainees.

The franchisees are benefited from Sponsored Training Programmes.

The franchisee has the liberty to reach out to various organisations and Government agencies for securing sponsorship for the training.

NSIC has different sponsorship programs like Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojna  (RGUMY), Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF).

Franchise Fee payment

  • The franchisee should pay 15% of the total earned income from the NSIC-TIC to NSIC as Royalty.
  • A security deposit of Rs.20,000 or projected franchise fee of three months has to be paid to NSIC in prior to final approval.
  • NSIC will refund the security amount at the termination of the franchise agreement.
  • If the franchisee fails to commence the training program within six months, the security fund will be with-held, and the agreement will be cancelled.
  • The franchisee shall pay the fee to NSIC before the 5thof every successive month. NSIC has opened the liberty for the franchisee to pay on quarterly or even longer periods.
  • The franchisee should guide the trainees in preparing the project reports.
  • The franchisee should extend its support in the form of financial assistance by submitting proposals to the banks and institutions.

Functions of NSIC in implementing the Scheme

  1. National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) plays a major part in introducing the scheme, as it encourages a larger population of the country to undertake new start-ups actively. The functions or responsibilities of NSIC are summarised as below,
  2. NSIC approves the layout plan in terms of the built-up/infrastructure proposal presented by the Private Partner for setting up new NSIC-TIC.
  3. NSIC trains the faculty appointed by the franchisees for training the NSIC-TICs.
  4. NSIC approves the training modules proposed by the franchisees, but the modules should be in accordance with the subject as specified by NSIC.
  5. NSIC facilitates for handholding support in the form of finance or other support required for initialising their Micro and Small Enterprises.
  6. NSIC reviews, monitors and provides feedback on monthly reports submitted by the franchisees.

Necessary Terms & Conditions

There are other notable terms and conditions to be considered in inaugurating a training program under NSIC:

  • The franchisee should provide study materials and have full control of assessing the trainees.
  • NSIC officials may inspect and give surprise visits to their centres at regular intervals.
  • The trainees should be presented with a certification jointly issued by NSIC and franchisee
  • NSIC doesn’t approve of any sub-franchisees.
  • The franchisee can utilise the name of NSIC only during the tenure of setting up of NSIC Training cum Incubation Centre (NSIC-TIC) for Small Enterprise Establishment under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Mode.
  • The franchisee should have limited access to the usage of NSIC logo.
  • The franchisee should not commit any employment assurance or opportunity to the trainee in the name of NSIC.
  • The franchisee should present an Indemnity Bond to NSIC for all liability claims.
  • The franchise agreement is valid for a year from the extension of the contract.

Application Procedure for setting up NSIC-TIC

The franchisee should fill in the Application Form meant for the purpose.

The following documents must be submitted along with the application form for setting up the NSIC-TIC:

  • A Demand Draft in favour of ‘National Small Industries Corporation Limited.’ payable at New Delhi for Rs.5,000 including 18% of GST should be attached with the Application Form.
  • The passport size photographs of all the Directors, partners or any other authorised person.
  • Organisation’s registration certificate with Board Resolution for a Private Limited Company or Power of Attorney for a Partnership Firm.
  • Synopsis of the organisation’s past area of experience.
  • Approved layout plan for 2000 Sq.Ft with permissible infrastructure and Audited Financial Statements.
  • The NSIC will cross check the submitted application form in accordance with the documents and recommend to the TIC Division if found satisfactory.
  • On the receipt of the caution deposit, the unit confirms NSIC to drop a visit to confirm the Centre’s readiness in terms of machinery, tools, faculty appointment.
  • The Competent Authority of NSIC will approve the file on the receipt of the satisfactory note of the Final Inspection Report.
  • NSIC and the franchisee will execute the agreement and indemnity bond for a year, and the Final Approval Letter is provided to the Franchisee for setting up of the training centre.

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Geographical Identification (GI) Tag

Geographical Identification (GI) Tag

You may have heard of products such as Aranmula Kannadi of Kerala, Kanchipuram Sarees of Tamil Nadu and Feni of Goa. These products are named after the places they originated from and are unique in its own sense. Their names are not just merely an indication of where they originate. It also indicates that these products are exclusively grown or manufactured in those particular geographic locations. Hence, such products come with a Geographical Identification Tag. Let’s take a closer look at what a GI Tag is and why it is essential.

What is a Geographical Indication?

A Geographical Indication Tag is a symbol that is used on products that have a particular geographical origin and has a reputation or certain qualities that are due to the said origin. Some well-known examples of names associated to certain products of a specific nature and quality around the world are Darjeeling and Tequila, as they are known for their geographical origin and for possessing characteristics linked to the same source.

Additionally, a Geographical Identification Tag must be able to identify a product as unique and originating in a particular place. Moreover, the reputation or the quality of the product must be due to the area of origin. The tag should be able to place a link between a product and its place of origin/production as the qualities of the product depends on the geographical location of its origin/production.

Importance of Geographical Identification Tags

The following are the reasons why it is essential to have Geographical Identification Tags.

  • A GI tag plays a vital role for the producers of a particular product to differentiate their products from other competing products in the market.
  • This tag will enable the producers of a particular product to build a stellar reputation and goodwill for their products, which could often fetch a premium price for their products.
  • Geo-tagged products boost exports, tourism, cultural heritage, as well as national identity. An excellent example of this would be Kanjeevaram Silk Sarees and Pochampally Ikat as they both contribute to the exports of the country through their popularity.
  • Geographical Identification Tags can play a significant role in enhancing trade activity in various countries.
  • Geographical Identification Tags are given legal protection in order to preserve and enhance livelihoods as well as to encourage employment generation within the country.
  • Several traditional skills may be preserved owing to the premium prices associated with many products that are geo-tagged.
  • Various advantages apply to the rural economy, such as improved income generation for farmers and non-farmers.
  • A Geographical Identification Tag permits genuine producers to capture and thrive in their respective markets and creates legal entry barriers for fake or counterfeit products.

Geographical Identification vs Trademark

Geographic Identification and Trademarks are both distinctive signs that are used to distinguish goods and services in a marketplace. Both these sings convey information concerning the origin of a particular product or service while enabling consumers with the ability to associate the good/service to a specific standard or quality.

Generally, a trademark informs a consumer about the source of a particular good/service. Consumers can identify a specific good/service from a particular company. It helps consumers associate an excellent/service with a specific quality/reputation through the information conveyed with the help of a trademark about the company responsible for producing the product. A trademark often comprises of a fanciful/arbitrary symbol that is commonly used by its owner or a person authorized to do so. A trademark may be assigned/licensed to anyone anywhere in the world as it is linked to a particular company and not to a geographical location.

On the other hand, Geographical Identification Tags help identify a good or service based on its place of origin. Based on this, consumers may choose to associate a good/service with a specific quality, characteristics or reputation. The sign used to indicate a Geographical Identification would typically be the name of the place of origin of the said product or a name by which the product is popular in that place. A Geographical Identification may be used by every person who resides in the area of origin of the product and manufactures the product as per the specified standards. However, a Geographical Identification cannot be licensed/assigned to an individual outside the respective place of origin or not belonging to the group of authorized producers of the product due to its link with the location of the source.

Process of issuing GI Tags

The following is an overlook of the registration process for attaining a Geographical Identification Tag for a particular product.

Step 1: Filing the application for GI tag for the desired product

Before applying for a GI Tag for a particular product, one should ensure that the product comes within the scope of the definition of a Gl Tag prescribed under Section 2(1)(e) of the Trademarks Act of 1999.

The association of individuals/producers/organization/authority of a product should represent the interests of producers of the concerned goods/services. An affidavit claiming to represent their interests for the goods should be filed. The following conditions should be fulfilled, as well.

  • The application must be in three different copies for office purposes.
  • The application must be signed by the applicant or their agent, accompanied by a statement of the case.
  • The details of the product, such as its unique characteristics and how the standards for the same are maintained should be maintained.
  • Three certified and approved copies of the map of the particular region concerning the GI Tag.
  • Details pertaining to the inspection structure, if any, are to be submitted to regulate the usage of GI Tag in the region to which it relates.
  • Details concerning the applicant, along with their respective address, must be submitted.

The application must be sent to the following address:

Geographical Indications Registry

Intellectual Property Office Building

Industrial Estate, GST Road

Guindy, Chennai-600 032

Phone: 044-22502091-93 or 044-22502091-98

Fax: 044-22502090

E-mail Address: gir-ipo@nic.in

Website: ipindia.gov.in

The applicant of the GI Tag must have an address in India for further processes. Typically, the GI Tag application may be filed by either a legal practitioner or a registered agent.

Step 2: Preliminary review and examination

  • The Examiner of the GI Tag will scrutinize and review the concerned application for any errors or deficiencies.
  • The applicant is required to make the necessary changes to remedy the errors or deficiencies within one month of receiving the notification for the same.
  • The statement and application of the particular case will be assessed by a consultative group of experts who are well-versed on the subject.
  • The experts will ensure the accuracy of the particulars that were furnished.
  • Finally, an Examination Report detailing the case would be issued.

Step 3: Show cause notice

  • If the Registrar encounters any objection to the furnished application, the applicant will be contacted concerning the same.
  • The applicant is required to respond within two months or apply for an objection hearing.
  • The decision concerning the GI application will be duly communicated. If the applicant wishes to appeal, they may do so within one month of making the request.
  • Additionally, the Registrar is empowered to withdraw a GI application if the application is accepted in error. However, the opportunity to be heard will be offered to the applicant.

Step 4: Publication in Geographical Identification Journal

Every application will be published in the Geographical Identifications Journal within three months of accepting the application.

Step 5: Opposition to Registration

  • Any individual may file a notice for opposition to the application within three months of issuing the application in the Geographical Identifications Journal. However, it may be extendable by an additional month on a request filed in advance of three months.
  • The Registrar will serve a copy of the objection notice to the applicant.
  • The applicant is required to respond to the notice and send a copy of a counter statement within two months of receiving the notification if they wish to oppose the objection. If not, the application will be considered to be abandoned. However, if a counter-statement is filed, the same will be served to the opposing applicant.
  • After that, both the sides will present their pieces of evidence to the Registrar through an affidavit and supporting essential documents.
  • Finally, a date for the Hearing of the case will be scheduled.

Step 6: Registration of the Product

  • When the Registrar accepts an application, the product shall be registered under an appropriate geographical identification. If registered, the date of applying will be the date of registration as well.
  • The Registrar shall issue a certificate indicating the product with the seal of the Geographical Identifications Registry.

Step 8: Renewal

A registered Geographical Identification for a particular product shall be valid for 10 years and maybe renewed along with a renewal fee.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms

Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms

The Ministry of Textiles has proposed a solar energy scheme for the development and upgradation of powerloom sectors in the country. Under this scheme, the Government will provide assistance for the installation of a solar power plant to address power shortage issues faced by the decentralised powerloom units. In this article, we look at the Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms in detail.

Features of the Scheme

The features of the solar energy scheme for powerloom units are as follows:

  • The solar energy scheme seeks to provide financial assistance in the form of capital subsidy to small powerloom units for installation of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plants.
  • These Solar Photo Voltaic plants will alleviate the problem of power cuts and shortage faced by decentralised powerloom units across the country.
  • Under the solar energy scheme, the solar plants will have two options:
      • On-Grid Solar Power Plant without battery back up can be installed in the areas where power cut and shortage are negligible, and power tariff is high.
      • Off-Grid Solar Power Plant with the battery back up can be installed in the areas where there is power shortage.

Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria required to apply for the solar energy scheme:

  • The powerloom units having 8 looms are eligible to obtain assistance under the scheme.
  • The powerloom permit which is issued by the concerned regional office of the Textile Commissioner is eligible.
  • The powerloom units should have a shade-free rooftop or area to implement the installation of the solar plant.

Eligibility Criteria for Manufactures

  • Any new manufactures of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plant along with their authorised distributors as approved by the Department of New and Renewable Energy are eligible for supplying the SPV plant under the scheme.

Note: However, the manufacturer can apply for the scheme through the common application form (Format A). On verification of the form, the concerned regional office of the Textile Commissioner would submit their report to the office of the Textile Commissioner for necessary registration.

Quantum of Subsidy

The assistance given by the government for the installation of solar power plants are tabulated below:

On-Grid Power Plant

S. No No of Looms (Solar Capacity) Maximum cost of equipment and component eligible for the subsidy

Maximum Subsidy

General Catergory (50%) SC Catergory (75%) ST Catergory (90%)
1. 4 Looms (4KW) Rs.2,80,000 Rs.1,40,000 Rs.2,10,000 Rs.2,52,000
2. 6 Looms (6KW) Rs.4,20,000 Rs.2,10,000 Rs.3,15,000 Rs.3,78,000
3. 8 Looms (8KW) Rs.5,60,000 Rs.2,80,000 Rs.4,20,000 Rs.5,04,000

Off-Grid Power Plant

S. No No of Looms (Solar Capacity) Maximum cost of equipment and component eligible for the subsidy

Maximum Subsidy

General Category (50%) SC Category (75%) ST Category (90%)
1. 4 Looms (4KW) Rs.3,60,000 Rs.1,80,000 Rs.2,70,500 Rs.3,24,000
2. 6 Looms (6KW) Rs.5,40,000 Rs.2,70,000 Rs.4,05,000 Rs.4,86,000
3. 8 Looms (8KW) Rs.7,20,000 Rs.3,60,000 Rs.5,40,000 Rs.6,48,000

Release of Funds

The subsidy will be provided to both credit-linked and non-credit linked solar projects. The subsidy will be released only for the installation of a solar project for running power loom units and not for individual components.

Documents Required

The below following are the documents required along with the application form:

  • Copy of electricity bill of the powerloom unit.
  • Copy of power-sharing agreement or notarized lease deed, if units are leased.
  • Copy of Aadhar card of the applicant is required.
  • Copy of Caste certificate of the applicant has to be enclosed.
  • Copy of invoice.
  • Copy of payment receipts.
  • Copy of PAN card of the applicant has to be obtained.
  • Copy of bank passbook (1st page only) to be submitted.
  • Powerloom permit or Acknowledgement of IM or SSI registration or Udyog Aadhar Memorandum is required.

Online Registration for Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms

To register for solar energy scheme for powerlooms, follow the steps specified here:

Vist i-Powertex

Step 1: The eligible applicant needs to access the official portal of i-Powertex, Government of India.

New User Registration

Step 2: In the case of new user registration, click on the “Register†button, which is on the home page of the portal.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 1

 

Step 3: Now, select the respective scheme from the list of powerloom schemes.

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Fill the Details

Step 4: On the next page, the registration form will open up and fill the form with the required details of the enterprise.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 3

Receive OTP

Step 5: After filling the details, the applicant will receive the OTP to the registered e-mail id.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 4

Step 6: Provide the following OTP, which is displayed on the screen and then click on the “Process†button.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 5

Registration Successful

Step 7: After entering the OTP, then the system will show a successful message.

Step 8: Now, enter a user name/email id, password of your choice and re-enter the password to confirm.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 6

Login into the Portal

Step 9: Click on “Login†button to login into the portal and apply for the solar energy scheme.

Step 10: After successful login, the dashboard will be displayed and select “Apply for Annexure-1A†to apply for a solar energy scheme.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 7

Format-IA

Step 11: Select the “New†button, then the Format-IA will be displayed.

Step 12: Enter the IM number, in case if you don’t have the IM number select the option “Noâ€.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 8

Step 13: Click on “Existing Unit†to fetch the already registered information automatically and fill the following information which is compulsory on selecting “New†unit.

Save the Draft

Step 14: Click on the “Save†button to save the form as a draft so that the user can still edit the form by saving as a draft.

Step 15: Click on the “Submit†button to submit the form to the regional office of the location that the user has selected while filling the form.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 9

Step 16: The IM number will be issued on approval of the Format IA.

Apply for Format-I

Step 17: After completing the “Annexure-IA†and then apply for “Format-I†by clicking “In-Principal (Format -I) tab.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 10

Step 18: Now, the registered information will be fetched automatically from Format-IA.

Upload the Documents

Step 19: Upload the caste certificate, if the social category of the applicant is selected as General, SC and ST.

Step 20: Click on the “Submit†button to submit your application to the respective regional office.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 11

Apply for Format-II

Step 21: Fill the relevant details and submit the form (Format-II) by clicking on the “Submit to RO†button.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 12

Note: After verification of the application, the subsidy release status will be updated on the same portal.

Track Application Status

The status of the application submitted can be tracked as given below:

Step 1: Click on “Know your Status†link and select the respective scheme name from the list.

Step 2: Provide application reference number and click on the “Submit†button to view the application status.

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Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms – Image 13

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National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET)

National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET)

The rate of productivity in the agricultural sector has always depended on the level of farm mechanisation in a positive manner. To accelerate agricultural productivity and subsequently, enhance farm mechanisation, it is essential that the large community, comprising of small and marginal farmers, are included in the process as well. This would help sustain the desired agricultural progress and boost its productivity. However, first, it is crucial to extend farming services and mechanisation. Therefore, the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. This article talks about NMAET and the various essentials of the same.

Aim

The objective of the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) is to restructure and further strengthen agricultural extension and thereby, enabling the delivery of appropriate technology and improving agronomic practices to farmers. The Mission is a judicious mix of various elements such as the following in order to form Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) and Farmers Interest Groups (FIGs):

  • Extensive Physical Outreach
  • Interactive Methods of Information Dissemination
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology
  • Popularisation of modern and appropriate technologies
  • Capacity building and institution strengthening in order to promote mechanisation
  • Availability of quality seeds
  • Plant Protection

Overview

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) during the 12th Plan Period. Earlier, agricultural technology and practices were split under various schemes of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation. In 2010, the Modified Extension Reforms Scheme was formed to strengthen the agricultural machinery and use the same for various synergising interventions under the Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA). The National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) has been formulated as a leap towards this objective through an amalgamation of the following schemes:

  • SMAE: Sub-Mission on Agricultural Extension
  • SMSP: Sub-Mission on Seed and Planting Material
  • SMAM: Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization
  • SMPP: Sub-Mission on Plant Protection and Plant Quarantine

Even though there are four different sub-missions in the NMAET for administrative convenience, they are interlinked to each other. Extension and technology is the common thread that runs across all these sub-missions. The three most important agricultural inputs are seeds, pesticides and machinery, and they have to distribute to every farmer to various efficient extension machinery.

However, apart from the core component of ensuring the easy availability of these critical inputs at affordable prices, there is a subject-specific capacity-building element included in Sub-Mission on Seed and Planting Material (SMSP), Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) and Sub-Mission on Plant Protection and Plant Quarantine (SMPP). Agricultural extension and technology have to go in close association, and that is the basis of the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology.

Sub-Mission on Agricultural Extension (SMAE)

Sub-Mission on Agricultural Extension focuses on creating awareness and enhancing the use of appropriate technologies in the agricultural sector and all the allied industries. The profits made in the past will be consolidated and strengthened with the help of increased penetration of extension functionaries. The workforce trained under the Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business Centres Scheme (ACABC) and Diploma in Agriculture Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI) will provide extension services to farmers as well. The use of interactive and innovative processes and methods of conveying information such as pico projectors, low-cost films and Kisan Call Centres will be used under various programmes and schemes at the village level.

Sub-Mission on Seed and Planting Material (SMSP)

Adopting quality seeds is the most effective method in terms of costs, and for increasing agricultural production and productivity. The Sub-Mission on Seed and Planting Material (SMSP) includes interventions that will cover the entire concept of seed chain starting from nucleus seed, supply to farmers for sowing, to providing support for infrastructure to form an enabling environment for the development of the agricultural sector. SMSP also aims to strengthen the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority to put an effective system in place for the protection of multiple plant varieties, rights of the farmers and plant-breeders, and to motivate the development of newer variations of plants.

Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation (SMAM)

There is a strong relationship between the availability of farm power and agricultural productivity. Hence, the Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation focuses on farm mechanisation. The Mission will specifically cater to the requirements of small and marginal farmers through various institutional arrangements like custom hiring, mechanisation of pre-selected villages, subsidy for the procurement of machines and pieces of equipment, and more.

Sub-Mission on Plant Protection and Plant Quarantine (SMPP)

Sub-Mission on Plant Protection and Plant Quarantine (SMPP) is included in the NMAET to increase agricultural production by keeping the crops disease-free with the help of scientific and environment-friendly techniques through the promotion of Integrated Pest Management. Strengthening and Modernisation of Pest Management Approach aim at this vital aspect of Plant Protection and also covers regulatory requirements of pesticides.

This component is regulatory in nature in India in order to prevent the introduction and the spread of exotic pests harmful to crops. This is done by regulating or restricting the import of plants and plant products. Observing pesticide residues in food products and environmental samples are also included in this Sub-Mission. The component on the National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM) will encourage environmentally sustainable plant health management methods in diverse and shifting agro-climatic circumstances, pesticide management, and Biosecurity by capacity building programmes.

Linkages between Sub-Missions

The following are the common factors between the individual sub-mission under the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET).

  • The gap in every farmer-centric training and field extension with respect to other sub-missions of the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology would also be included in the Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP). SREPs will be documented in coordination with the line departments, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Private Sectors, Farmers and other stakeholders at the district level.
  • Funds that are earmarked for such activities under various sub-missions of the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology, Missions, Schemes and Programmes will be utilised through the Agricultural Technology Management Agency.
  • The workforce under the Agricultural Technology Management Agency will be effectively utilised for the extension related activities under multiple sub-missions.
  • Technical, Legal, Administrative and Regulatory functions and other components that are not related to the farmer-centric extension will continue to function independently under the respective sub-missions.

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