GSIA demanding standard operating procedures

Panaji: Fed up with the lack of transparency in signing plot agreements in various industrial estates local industry led by the Goa Small Industries Association (GSIA) is demanding standard operating procedures (SOP) at the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) towards ease of doing business (EoDB).

GIDC must have a SOP on its website to deal with terms and conditions of the allotment order, lease deed, tripartite lease deed, sub-leases, extension, etc., to make life easier for unit owners, said the small industries representative body recently.

Speaking to the Navhind Times on Thursday, Damodar Kotchkar, president, GSIA, said that, decisions on plot deeds, sub-leases by GIDC is mostly arbitrary and inconsistent. “There are rules and regulations in place for extension of leases or plot allotments but thanks to the absence of SOP no sub-lease agreement of unit owners is the same. Companies end up paying deferring rates. Sometimes the rate is the prevailing market rate at other times it is a percentage

increase. GIDC officials themselves are unclear over what rate to charge,” said Kotchkar.

He said that, with no SOP in place GIDC dithers on finalizing plot deeds and keeps the matter pending. “Recently one company in Corlim applied for extension in the sub-lease but received no reply from GIDC for five years. Similarly a company in Mapusa applied for extension in plot but the formula used by the GIDC in was

something else and it resulted in the unit owner shelling out a large sum,” said Kotchkar.

The demand for SOP at the GIDC was made during a meeting with the Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant on December 24.

GSIA office bearers demanded that, the SOP would also result in clarity to investors who wish to set up industrial projects in the state.

Apart from SOP, GSIA at the meeting also sought an interdepartmental coordination committee to be formed for ease of doing business. “A nodal officer should chair the committee and a reputed consultant may be hired to achieve 100 per cent coverage of digital single window services, suggested GSIA to the Chief Minister.

As per the guidelines of the centre’s business reform action plan (BRAP) the score on EoDB will now largely depend on the feedback from industries and not the government’s submission, pointed out Kotchkar.[NT]