The submission of forms for getting license, and the payment of fees, for a starting an agricultural business can now be done online. This would make the whole process hassle-free as one would be able to apply from anywhere.
Another advantage, according to an official of the Agricultural Marketing Department, which issues such licenses through its market committees, is that the process, be it for issuing new licenses or renewing licenses, would become quicker and hence many more licenses can be issued. The department is targeting 20,000 licenses per year.
A pilot project for implementing this new mechanism would soon be started in the Krishak Bazaar of Bishnupur-2 block in the district of South 24 Parganas.
Among the licenses to be issues online are for more than 50 types of businesses including paddy, pulses, eggs, paddy-cutting machine, vegetables, fruits, fish, betel leaves (paan), honey, and also plywood factories, hotels and malls.