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Rajan says licence raj has gonebut inspector raj still remains

New Delhi: RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan at a press conference after the 551st Central Board Meeting of RBI, in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo by Vijay Kumar Joshi  (PTI3_12_2016_000064B)

New Delhi: RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan at a press conference after the 551st Central Board Meeting of RBI, in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo by Vijay Kumar Joshi (PTI3_12_2016_000064B)

Pitching for a better business environment for start-ups, Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan said India has done away with the licence raj, but ’inspector raj’ continues to some extent.

He also said that regulations should be for betterment of the industry and not to discourage entrepreneurs and suggested a system of self-certification for the industries with some checks on the part of the authorities to prevent any misuse.

Advocating an easier set of regulations for small and medium enterprises in India, Rajan gave examples of the UK and Italy saying, “We have seen that while regulations are liberal in United Kingdom, it is very heavy in Italy. It is seen that the start-ups in the UK grow faster than their Italian counterparts.”

Addressing ministers, bankers, bureaucrats and other stakeholders at the 4th Odisha Knowledge Hub here, the RBI chief also said Indian economy is in the midst of recovery but some areas are still under stress.

‘Hand-holding’ Calling for a need to focus on the development of small and medium enterprises that require ‘hand-holding’ by the state governments and other agencies, Rajan said, “Indian economy is in the midst of recovery. However, some areas are still under stress and need to be focused in order to get them better.”

A good monsoon will be helpful for the growth of the economy, he added.

Small and medium enterprise require focused attention, the governor said and mooted setting up new institutions to finance SMEs to ensure easy access to funds.

Rajan said public sector banks have increased their credit to small and medium enterprises after RBI identified medium enterprises as priority sector and that he was optimistic about growth of start ups if provided required facilities to grow.

“Provision of easy entry and easy exit, smooth availability of finance, access to input and output market, protection from creditable taxes and healthy competition in the sector are the areas need to be focused by the planners and the governments,” Rajan said. He called upon entrepreneurs to take risk under safety net.


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