Friday, 29 July 2011

Come August and you can start your Company in 24 hours; MCA proposal to spur entrepreneurship - Economic Times

It took Kishore Biyani almost three months to incorporate Pantaloon Retail; Tulsi Tanti needed a month to float Suzlon Energy; Ramesh Chauhan says it took him ages, and he had to agonise over 50-100 pages of documentation; Kiran Mazumdar Shaw recollects she did it in a "record time" of three months in 1978, an era in which six months was the norm. But come August, entrepreneurs dreaming about walking in their footsteps can float a company in exactly 24 hours, doing everything that's needed online. At least, that's the promise the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) is holding out to start-up aspirants across the country.

In a circular issued last Saturday, the ministry outlined several measures including online verification and clearance of the name of the company being incorporated, online submissions of statutory forms, and issuing digital certificates of incorporation. "The simplified process of online incorporation of companies is likely to be implemented with effect from 11th August, 2011," the circular signed by Assistant Director Monika Gupta said.

"This will spur entrepreneurship and kick start the economy. The amount of time consumed in setting up companies is huge deterrence for the entrepreneurial growth," says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon.

It takes an average of 29 days to start a new company in India now, according to the India edition of Doing Business 2011, a report co-produced by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Often, the wait is longer.

Serial entrepreneur Mukund Mohan, who floated four businesses in Silicon Valley before moving to India to start three businesses here, says the latter took him 2-3 months each. In contrast, "it took me between 5 hours to 2 days to start my businesses in the Valley," he says. Adds Vinod Ambavat, partner, Jain Ambavat and Associates, an auditing firm: "It takes over a month to complete this process." Twelve different procedures need to be completed before a company is incorporated, making India one of the least efficient countries in the world. The World Bank report, which covered a universe of 183 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, ranked India 165 when it comes to ease of starting a business

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