Ease of doing business: License seeking eased for petrol, explosives-related activities

Economy


Firms and entities seeking license from the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) can now do so online with the government having converted 46 of the 47 license modules to paperless form to promote ease of doing business and reduce delays in application filing and processing, fee payment and license approval.

PESO, an arm of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), is the nodal organisation to look after safety requirements in manufacture, storage, transport and use of explosives, compressed gases and petroleum

“The process involves online filing of applications, online payment of fees, processing of applications without any manual interface,” said an official, detailing the benefits of the measure.

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Out of these 46 paperless modules, 26 license modules have been converted in the last seven months. The remaining module, related to approval of refineries, will be developed soon, according to the official.

Last year, the government had launched the paperless licensing process through PESO for road tankers for transportation of petroleum under the Petroleum Rules, 2002. With the overall objective of ensuring safety and security of public and property from fire and explosion, PESO is the statutory authority to administer the Explosives Act, 1884, Petroleum Act, 1934; and Inflammable Substances Act, 1952.

“Further provision is being made for applicants to apply for non-objection certificates through the online portal of PESO as a single window for swift approvals by the district authorities,” said the official, adding that the aim is to reduce the burden of manual submission.

The Paperless Licensing System and Licensing System for District Authorities provides flexibility to the applicants to upload documents online for prior approval, grant of license, prior approval for amendment, amendment of license and renewal of license, among others.

Besides allowing the applicants to download and print digitally signed copies of approval or license, the online system will also intimate them at each stage of processing of the application.

The move is crucial as India aims to break into the top 50 in the World Bank ease of doing business ranking. The country’s rank had jumped 14 notches in 2019 to 63 among 190 countries.



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