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News Delhivery,’s CFO Sachin Parikh, time taken should also be reduced. For easier Abhiraj Bhal, Co-founder of UrbanClap, Anu compliance towards various rules and regulations Acharya, CEO of Mapmygenome, and Rivi they suggested that a handbook should be prepared Varghese, CEO and Co-founder of Customer XPs. and put on public domain. The Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Secretary,DIPP informed that the capacities Industries(I/C) Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, opened of IPR offices have been enhanced considerably the discussion by stating that that this is the first in in the last 6 months. This would reduce the time a series of dedicated meetings that the Government taken for examination of patent applications to 18 will hold to have all stakeholders of the Startup months by March 2018 compared to over 5 years ecosystem on board in making India one of the best now. Similarly the time taken for examination of Startup destinations in the world. She urged the trademark applications will become 1 month by participants to feel free to write to the government March 2017. He also highlighted that the patent on any issue and not wait for a meeting. applications of Startup are eligible for expedited Some of the issues that were raised related to examination and reduced fee as per the revised making compliances easy, IPR pendency period, patent rules. In addition DIPP has provided a lack of prompt response from incubators for issuing panel of facilitators who will provide free of cost recommendation letters, complicated paper work facilitation to Startups for filing patent applications. involved in all government compliances, tedious The Minster was very receptive to all the import/export procedures, need of clear definition suggestions and she urged that Startups can of Aggregators under the Service tax among many approach the Government with any issue small others. or big. DIPP would be taking the following steps Some of the suggestions made by Startups to address the issues and concerns raised by the were to have a checklist for all the state and Startups: central compliances on the Startup India portal, a discussion forum to be evolved for all the 1 The details of the compliances of Central and stakeholders of the Startup ecosystem to exchange State laws expected of a Startup would be ideas and companies should be asked to spend posted on the Startup India portal more on Startups as part of CSR activities. 2 DIPP would take up with the concerned They also suggested that, as has been done ministries/regulator the various issues raised by the government, banks should also be asked to by the startups pertaining to them exempt the Startups from turnover and experience criteria to enable them to participate in the 3 Secretary, DIPP promised to facilitate the procurement process. meeting of various Startups with the concerned departments, so that Startups can take up their The participants mentioned the difficulties issues directly with them faced by them in interstate movement of goods. They suggested that all the states should be asked 4 DIPP would explore the possibility of to take the declarations online and receive taxes developing an app which would enable online. They also suggested that maintaining Startups to know which subject relates to manual registers for compliance under labor laws which ministry or regulator should be done away with. 5 The Department would also prepare a They also mentioned that access of credit handbook to guide Startups on various through banks should be simplified and the compliances and the processes involved. n August, 2016 57
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