In a bid to be more Startup friendly, the Union government has done away with certain strict rules realted to application criteria for startups for taking up Government work. This is also being regarded as trying to being in sync with the governments in other countries who make use of services of startups.
The rules that are being done away with are related to – years of experience and turnover of the venture. Advisor and head, National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), which is part of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) – Harkesh Mittal said in a statement:
“The Union government in a notification 15 days back removed the criteria for companies applying for government works and if it gets successful, we may also see state governments imitating the same. The only criterion required is that the start-up should be registered.”
In past as well quite a few startups have been approached by not just the Indian Government but Governments worldwide for their services.
- Jayalakshmi Agrotech, which connects farmers and traders, was approached by the government of Ghana.
- Asha + that works with Asha workers was approached by Swedish government.
- Haqdarshak signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Rajasthan government to link its app based services with the government schemes.
These ventures were incubated under the Intel and DST Innovate for India initiative. The same initiative plans to get more start-ups as well as incubators. Debjani Ghosh, managing director and vice-president, sales and marketing, Intel South Asia said:
“A lot of start-ups have access to our applications which is helping them create innovative solutions and we will be shortlisting more number of participants this year for mentoring.”