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Platform for Self-certification under labour laws for Startups

Government of India has developed a unified Shram Suvidha Portal to facilitate reporting of inspections and submission of annual returns for compliance under labour laws. The online system allows Startups to submit their self-certification under the applicable labour laws to avoid any inspection until 5 years. The Labour Laws to be covered under this are:

  • The Building and Other Constructions Workers’ (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996
  • The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979
  • The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972
  • The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970
  • The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952
  • The Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948


Further, advisory has been issued to all the State and Union Territories to provide facility of online self-certification to Startups under the applicable State laws. In this respect, 27 States have already complied with the advisory. 64 Startups have declared their return online using Shram Suvidha Portal. More details with regard to the portal can be accessed at Shram Suvidha Portal


State of Gujarat has developed an online system to facilitate self-certification or third party certification under all applicable Labour Laws in the State. The applicant can get details about the procedure and checklist for the application of self-certification on the State Startup Portal.

Upon submission, the applicant is issued the registration certificate stating the period of validity. Further, State has also integrated its self-certification or labour facilitation portal with the Central Government’s Shram Suvidha Portal to allow exchange of information about self-certifying Startups,

In order to promote Startups ventures with the prime objective to create more employment opportunities, many initiatives to simplify regulatory provisions, including compliance by self-certification and filing of self-certified returns have been conceptualized and rolled out.

To make compliance of Labour Laws easier, self- certification facility has been made available under the 'Self Certification Scheme' of the Labour Department, Government of Rajasthan. Enterprises may apply and submit online self-declaration through online portal of the

department, "Labour Department Management System" (LDMS). Once opted for the scheme, the same shall be valid for 5 years, provided that entrepreneur files annual return. Facility of filing single online return under Labour Laws is also provided on this portal.

The Startups like all other establishments can avail the option of self-certification in place of inspection and once inspected they would not be inspected for next three years, if no complaints are received.

Startups may avail facility of Self Certification Scheme of the department by submitting online self-declaration and also file online single return through online portal LDMS ( User manual and video tutorial available at iStart Rajasthan.

Support to Startups Working in New or Disruptive Areas

Government of Rajasthan has provided an online facility for establishments to self-certify
compliance under Labour laws.

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Support to Startups working in new or disruptive areas

NITI Aayog organized "Champions of Change" initiative which is an effort to bring together diverse strengths for the benefit of the nation and society. Hon'ble Prime Minister interacted with Young Entrepreneurs and Startups at the "Champions of Change" initiative organised by NITI Aayog on 17.08.2017.

Six groups of Young Entrepreneurs made presentations before the PM on themes such as - Soft Power: Incredible India 2.0; Education and Skill Development; Health and Nutrition; Energizing a sustainable tomorrow; and Digital India; New India by 2022.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NITI Aayog have met over 200 startup entrepreneurs. The event aims at creating a dialogue between the government and startups in order to get them in sync with the mission of a ‘New India by 2022’. The groups of 35 people brainstormed on the six chosen themes mentioned above. The groups’ objective was to brainstorm and come out with the most impactful suggestions on the topics. The action points had to focus on job creation, income enhancement, technology disruption and innovation, ease of doing business and governance and policy. Details of the event available on NITI Aayog website.

Among all the online platforms delivering products/ services online on a click of a button, buying medicines online is the latest trend amongst the Indian patients and consumers. With the increasing trend, number of online pharmacies have started operations. However, there is lack of proper regulatory checks and balances for exercising regulatory control over e-pharmacies vis-à-vis brick and mortar pharmacies.

In order to address this issue Startup India organized a roundtable with all the major e-pharmacies Startups on 26th May 2017 to discuss current regulatory challenges in the sector. Major State Governments where the e-pharmacies are located, Drugs Controller General of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare were invited to brainstorm solutions to remove hassles for innovative businesses. The following issues were discussed during the roundtable on e-pharmacies:

  • No Clarity on the Marketplace Model & State-Level Regulatory Checks
  • Issues Related to Prescriptions
  • Need for Reclassification of Drugs
  • GST and FDI Related Proposals


Accordingly, the issues were discussed between all the departments concerned and draft rules on Sale of Drugs Online through E-Pharmacies were released by Department of Health and Family Welfare on 28th August 2018

Policies or Regulations Regarding Adoption of Disruptive  Technologies or Business models

Government of Karnataka approved ‘Electric Vehicle (EV) and Energy Storage Policy 2017’ to help the state become a hub for production of alternative fuel vehicles and reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The State Government achieved the feat with help from key industry players, taxi aggregators and through roundtables organized by Carnegie India and a series of workshops held across four to five months. The draft policy can be accessed here.

Norway has often been cited as a model example of how Governments can aid the process of developing an EV ecosystem with more than 100,000 such vehicles in a country of just 5.2 million people. All EVs are exempt from non-recurring vehicle taxes, including road tax and VAT. They are also exempt from paying any toll or parking fee.

The key provisions of the Karnataka Government’s EV policy include the development of manufacturing zones with readymade infrastructural capabilities; establishment of charging infrastructure with the aid of private investment; exemption from taxes on all-electric transport and non-transport vehicles including e-rickshaws and e-carts; and subsidize the use of charging and battery swapping stations, among others.

Cyber Security is among the leaders in emerging technologies in the world. Dealing with the security of Cyberspace, the virtual environment where people and software interact over a complex web of computer networks, Cyber Security is on the path towards gaining increasing prominence in a technology driven future.

Government of Telangana announced policy framework on cyber security for the State. The Cyber security Policy Framework holds several other frameworks that are intended to provide a holistic and complete solution the cyber security threat. The four pillars that hold up the State cyber security policy framework are as under:

In 2018, Government of Telangana and Data Security Council of India partnered to set-up cyber security Centre of Excellence (COE). The CoE based on Public-Private-Partnership model will accelerate and strengthen the ecosystem by focusing on strategic areas including, innovation, entrepreneurship and capability building. The detailed policy is available on State portal.

In February 2018, Maharashtra became the first Indian state to announce a Fintech policy. To give an impetus to the FinTech sector in Mumbai, the Directorate of Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra has approved the policy incentives that will apply to all FinTech start-ups. The State has also established “Mumbai FinTech Hub” in Mumbai Metropolitan Region as a focal point for FinTech activity within the State of Maharashtra. It provides an ecosystem encompassing the entire infrastructure, organizations and people within the hub, as well as how those elements are structured and engage with each other to nurture innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

FinTech start-ups are establishments that use technology and innovative business models in delivering of financial products and services and having annual turnover up to ₹25 Crores. The FinTech start-ups must have a registered office in the State of Maharashtra to be eligible to avail the benefits under the policy. The incentives provided under this policy will be over and above any other incentives that maybe applicable under the State's Start up and Innovation Policy.

The key features of the policy are:

  • The Government of Maharashtra will establish physical infrastructure for providing end-to-end support to all its ecosystem players. This will be in the form of a co-working space of minimum 10,000 sq.ft.
  • The Government of Maharashtra will create a Fintech corpus fund of Rs. 250 crore over the next three years to fund the fiscal incentives to FinTech start-ups and operational expenses of Industry Sandbox and the Global FinTech hub
  • An Industry sandbox will provide a controlled and legal testing solution space where start-ups /banks/technology companies can test innovative products, services, business models and delivery mechanisms in the real testing environment


In December, the government launched an inaugural accelerator programme, and 12 ventures were incubated. It also appointed a dedicated Fintech Officer to oversee growth in the secto

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