Bihar Industry Policy

Bihar Industry Policy with Latest Amendments

Highlights of Bihar Industrial Investment Promotion Policy 2016 with Latest Amendments
(Effective from 01.09.2016 till 31.03.2025)

SCOPE OF THE POLICY

The policy shall be applicable to all new units in the state, provided the following conditions:

  • If the manufacturing activity does not contribute in value addition, it shall not be considered under this policy
  • Units involved only in trading activities will not come under the purview of this policy
  • Units that, at any time in the past were black listed by the Government (State or Central) will not be eligible
  • Units that have at any time in the past defaulted on any loan availed from any bank or Financial Institutions (FIs) or have any dues payable to government will not be eligible
  • Incentives under this policy shall be available only for the investments made in the state
  • This policy shall be applicable only for private investment, including foreign investment, and shall not apply to public sector investment by Central or State Governments either alone or in partnership with the private sector
INDUSTRIES THAT ARE CATEGORISED AS PRIORITY SECTORS:
1. Food Processing
2. Tourism Sector
3. Small Machine Manufacturing
4. IT, ITeS, Electrical and Electronic Hardware Manufacturing Sector
5. Textile
6. Plastic & Rubber
7. Renewable Energy Sector
8. Healthcare Sector
9. Leather
10. Technical Education Sector

 

Additional Sectors added w.e.f. 29.06.2020
11. Wood Based Industries
12. General Manufacturing Industries Sector
1. Priority sectors in the Food Processing Sector
  • Food-grain (Cereal and pulses) and oilseed processing
  • Fruits & Vegetable (F&V) Processing
  • Milk Processing and Dairy Product Manufacturing
  • Honey Processing
  • Meat, Poultry and Fish Processing
  • Spice and Herbs Processing
  • Tea Processing (Biscuits, Bakery, Ice-cream, Chocolates, Ready to Eat meals etc)
  • Sugarcane Processing (manufacture of sugar and ethanol)
  • Warehousing (CA/MA chambers, cold rooms, ripening chambers, chillers, deep freezers, modern grain silos)
  • General/Business Development Services ( R&D facilities, Training Centres etc, Food Machinery Manufacturing, Irradiation units )

New Additions w.e.f. 29.06.2020

  • Warehousing (Dry warehouse with cleaning and drying facilities)
  • Cold Chain (Integrated Farm Level Processing, Transportation and Distribution of Produce)
  • Bottling unit (Juices, Ketchup and Squash based)
2. Priority sectors in the Tourism Sector
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Tours & Travels
  • MICE facilities
  • HRD Institutions
  • Souvenir shops
  • Wayside amenities (On  National Highways and State Highways)
  • Wellness Centres
  • River Attraction
  • Entertainment
  • Cinematic  
3. Priority sectors in the Small Machine Manufacturing Sector
  • Land/ Seed bed preparation
  • Seeding/ planting/sowing
  • Spraying and dusting Equipment
  • Harvesting
  • Post-harvest Equipment
  • Irrigation
  • Small machines and components
  • General/Business Development Services (R&D  Facilities, Skill Development Centres etc)

New Additions w.e.f. 29.06.2020 

  • Agri-input manufacturing units (Tissue culture labs and crop care chemical units)
  • Non agricultural machinery (Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.)
4. Priority sectors in the IT, ITeS, Electrical and Electronic Hardware Manufacturing Sector
  • IT & IT enabled Services
  • Electronic Hardware Manufacturing
  • Other Electronics Manufacturing (Mobiles, DTH, Televisions, Radios and Consumer Electronics)
  • Electrical Goods manufacturing  (Motors, pumps, Fans, Consumer Durables ,UPS etc)

New Additions w.e.f. 29.06.2020:

  • Manufacture of electric generators, transformers and electricity distribution and control apparatus, Manufacture of electric lighting equipment, Manufacture of electrical equipment, Manufacture of wiring and wiring devices
5. Priority sectors in the Textile Sector
  • Fibre Production/ Spinning/ Weaving/ Knitting/ Processing
  • Production of apparel and home textile
  • Manufacturing of Technical textile
  • Post Processing of Handlooms and Khadi Textile Products
6. Priority sectors in the Plastic And Rubber Sector
  • Irrigation Products
  • Packaging & Food Storage Products
  • Water Supply Products
  • Electrical Fittings
  • Automobile Products
  • Medical Supplies
  • Building Construction
  • Sports and leisure
  • Plastic Testing
7. Priority sectors in the Renewable Energy Sector
  • Solar Power
  • Bio-mass
  • Hydel Power
  • Other units such as co-generation in sugar and other industries, Waste to Energy projects, Wind Power projects and RE Modular Product Manufacturing
8. Priority sectors in the Healthcare Sector
  • In-patient HealthCare Facilities
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • HRD/Skill Development Services
  • Manufacturing Units- Medicines, Equipments & Supplies
  • Hospital Waste Management Services
  • Educational Institutes (Grade A Nursing Colleges)
9. Priority sectors in the Leather Sector
  • Manufacturing of Leather products
  • Storage/ Warehousing
  • Business Development Services ( R&D Facilities, Design Studios, Quality Testing Labs etc)
10. Priority sectors in the Technical Education Sector
  • Technical Education ( Engineering colleges and Polytechnic institutes)
  • Skill Development 

Additional Priority Sectors w.e.f. 29.06.2020

11. Priority sectors in the Wood Based Industries Sector
  • Pulp and Paper industries
  • Matchwood Industries
  • Timber and Sawn Wood Industries
  • Plywood, Plyboard, Laminate and Veneer Manufacturing
  • Bamboo based industries
  • Particle Board and Fiber board manufacturing
  • Value addition Industries ( Wood and Bamboo seasoning and preservation, Briquettes made out of wood residue, briquettes as feed stock for meeting energy demands)
12. Priority sectors in the General Manufacturing Industries Sector
  • Fly Ash bricks, Rice Straw based products
  • Agri residue including hay–stack based products
  • Automobiles
  • Defence Ancillaries
  • Jewellery
  • Metals & fabrication Units
  • Sports Goods
  • Telecommunication Equipment Manufacturing Units
INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS (PRIORITY & NON-PRIORITY SECTORS)

Nature of Incentive

Benefits

Pre-Production Incentives

Reimbursement of Stamp duty/ Registration paid on land

100% Reimbursement

Land Conversion Fee

100% Reimbursement

Post-Production Incentives

Interest Subvention on Term Loan from the Bank/Financial Institution registered under RBI/SEBI

  • Micro & [email protected]% or actual, whichever is lower
  • Others @10% or actual whichever is lower
  • Maximum of 30% of approved project cost for priority sector and 15% of approved project for non priority sector
  • Maximum limit is Rs. 10 Cr.
  • For SC/ST/Women/Differently Abled Person/War Widow/Acid Attack Victim/Third Gender
  • Micro & [email protected] % or actual whichever is lower
  • Others @11.5% or actual whichever is lower
  • Overall limit will be 34.5% of approved cost for priority sector and 17.25% for non priority sector 
  • Maximum limit is Rs. 11.5 Cr. 

Tax Incentive (GST & Electricity Duty benefit)

  • Priority Sector -100% of approved project cost
  • Non Priority-70% of approved project cost
  • Micro & Small Units/Solar power generation or Renewable energy generation unit for commercial purpose – additional 30% of approved project cost
  • 80% GST reimbursement for five years
  • 100% reimbursement on electricity duty for five years. Not eligible, if captive power exported to entities other than BSPHCL.

 

  • For SC/ST/ Women /Differently Abled Person/War Widow/Acid Attack Victim/Third Gender
  • 92% VAT/ CST/Entry Tax reimbursement for five years
  • Priority Sector : 115% of approved project cost
  • Non Priority : 80.5% of approved project cost

Private Industrial Park

Interest subvention of 10% or actual which is lower, maximum up to 35% for priority sector/ 30% for non priority  project or Rs. 50 Cr. whichever is lower

HIGH PRIORITY SECTORS (effective from 27.12.2017)

Sector

Criteria

  1.  IT & ITeS and Electronic System and Design Manufacturing (ESDM) Sector

A unit in which (i) Investment in Fixed Asset and Plant and Machinery (excluding Land) is more than Rs 5 Crore, and 
(ii) Creating direct employment of at least 50 core workers (Excluding support staff such as Drivers, Guards etc.).

  1. Textile, Apparel and Leather Sector
  • Weaving/Knitting/Stitching
  • Production of apparel and home textile
  • Banana Fibre/ Jute Fibre
  • Leather and Artificial Leather and leather substitute material

New Additions w.e.f. 29.06.2020

  • Yarn manufacturing, Dying and Printing

A unit in which (i) Investment in Fixed Asset and Plant and Machinery (excluding Land) is more than Rs 5 Crore, and 
(ii) Creating direct employment of at least 50 core workers (Excluding support staff such as Drivers, Guards etc.).

  1. Food Processing Sector
  • Maize Processing,
  • F&V Processing
  • Poultry and Fish Processing

 

New Additions w.e.f. 29.06.2020

  • Ethanol manufacturing from sugarcane, maize, rice etc
  • Dal processing units
  • Snacks & Namkeen manufacturing units
  • Pasta & Noodles manufacturing units
  • 2D & 3D fryums making units
  • Biscuits, Cakes and Bakery products
  • Spices and Herbs
  • All branded Agri-based product processing units

A unit in which investment in Fixed Asset and Plant and Machinery (excluding Land)is more than Rs 5 Crore

 

Additional sector w.e.f. 29.06.2020

 

  1. E-vehicle Manufacturing Sector (Manufacturing of Two-wheeler &Three-wheeler E-Rickshaw)

Units engaged in mere assembly of e-rickshaw components or those which do not generate substantial value addition shall not be considered

BENEFITS AND INCENTIVES FOR HIGH PRIORITY SECTORS
Nature of Incentive

Benefits

Pre-production incentives

Exemption of Stamp duty/ Registration Fees

100% exemption of stamp duty/registration fees levied on lease/ sale /transfer of industrial land/shed (available to new units only)

Exemption of Land Conversion Fee

100% exemption of "land conversion fees"/ "change in land use" fees being levied for conversion of agricultural land.

Post-production incentives

Interest Subvention

  • Rate of interest for interest subvention will be 10% or actual rate of interest on term loan, whichever is lower.
  • The overall limit of this subvention for high priority sector will be 50% of the approved project cost. The upper limit of this subvention shall be Rs 20 crore.

Tax Related Incentive

  • All new units will be entitled to avail 100% reimbursement against the admitted SGST deposited in the account of the state government (excluding strictly any tax paid by them arising out of a purely trading business), for a period of 5 years from the date of commencement of commercial production. This shall have a maximum limit of 100% of the approved project cost.

Employment Cost subsidy

  • 50% reimbursement (in case of male workers) and 100% reimbursement (in case of female workers) of expenditure on account of contribution toward ESI and EPF scheme for a period of 5 years for new units for those employees who are domicile of Bihar. Maximum limit for reimbursement will be Rs. 1000/- per month for SC/ST and women employee and Rs. 500/- per month for general employee.

Skill Development subsidy

  • The State Government shall provide skill development subsidy of Rs 20,000 per employee or Bihar Skill Development Mission (BSDM) rates whichever is lower. This incentive will be applicable for training of employees/ staff who are domicile of Bihar
  • All eligible units will have to employ the trained core employee/Staff for a period of at least 1 year
Notes:
  • The unit shall commence its commercial operations within 3 (three) years of Stage-I Clearance.
  • The unit has to be under commercial production during the period of disbursement of incentives. Further, the unit shall have to remain in commercial operation for at least the next 5 years from the date of last disbursement of all eligible incentives.
  • Employees shall mean those employees who are on the regular roll of the company. Daily wage employees or seasonal employees shall not be entitled to this concession.
LIST OF SALIENT AMENDMENTS W.E.F 29.06.2020
  1. The policy includes the concept of Customised Incentive Package for Strategic Investment Projects defined as a new project having investment of above Rs.5OO crores in Plant and Machinery or providing employment to more than 500 persons which shall bring long term direct and indirect benefits to the investment climate and employment generation in the state. Itemized details of this incentive shall be recommended by the State Investment Promotion Board and they shall be approved by the Government before benefits are provided to these units.
  1. A new clause of Joint Venture of State PSUs with reputed Private Companies is added. The State PSUs shall be encouraged to form Joint Ventures with some of leading private companies in labour intensive manufacturing sector. Some of the sectors to be considered under this clause are Food Processing, Medical Equipment, Automobiles, Garments, Farm Machinery etc . They shall jointly invest in the equity of these JVs.
  1. Special Incentive Package for attracting Investments and retaining workers returning to Bihar on account of Covid-19 scenario:
  • This package shall remain valid for a period of 12 months from the date of notification of this amendment.
  • Any unit applying within this period will be eligible for availing the benefit under this special Incentive package for a period of 12 months from the date of SIPB's approval subject to meeting the below mentioned conditions:
  • The unit has to mandatorily employ at least 20% of the total workers from the pool of workers returning to Bihar. The units should obtain the list of such workers from District Counseling Centers and include such list in their proposal after obtaining necessary confirmation from the respective workers.
  • The units shall commence full scale commercial production in 3 years from the date of obtaining SIPB approval. The units shall attempt to initiate trial production at reduced capacity (say 25% of the overall capacity) by the end of 1st year to enable the State in retaining the workers returning to Bihar.
  • A Committee of Secretaries (CoS) under the chairmanship of Development Commissioner shall be formed for review and inclusion of any additional incentives under this Incentive Package.
  1. Additional Incentive Package for Units relocating from other States to Bihar
  • Reimbursement of 80% of shifting cost (cost of transportation, installation & commissioning, etc.) after starting commercial production
  • To start commercial production, 80% reimbursement of transportation cost on purchase of raw materials for starting commercial production and inter-state selling of finished goods subject to a maximum of Rs. 10 lacs,
  •  Reimbursement of PF contribution (Employer & Employee) for one year and benefit of deemed approval shall be available as per policy.
  • Waiver from inspection/verification of such units from various Bihar government agencies for one year except Pollution control Board and Fire department
  1. Additional clauses to the Preferential Purchase Policy
  • Promotion of State Based Units: All state Government departments shall identify such products which shall be manufactured and procured from State Based Units. State Government Agencies in all bids shall clearly indicate items that have to be procured from these units in the bid documents. The provisions of the Public Procurement Policy for Micro and Small Enterprises, notified under section 11 of MSMED Act, 200, shall be adopted to promote micro and small enterprises.
  • Provision of Prior Experience for Bihar based units: The prior experience and existence related clause should not be used to disqualify State-based MSME units in favour of units from other States. Any Bihar based MSME unit with a capacity to implement the government order shall be allowed to bid Irrespective of the number of years of its existence In the State. It will be the sole responsibility of the State Government agencies in assessing and establishing that the capacity related requirement is met.
LIST OF GENERAL PROVISIONS

1. Important Definitions :

  • New Industrial Unit : New Industrial unit means an industrial unit, in which commercial production has commenced within five years from the effective date i.e. 01.09.2016
  • Approved Project Cost: For the purpose of calculation of incentive under this policy, the approved project cost shall mean the project cost finally approved by the State Government. The approved project cost shall be the basis for determining the incentives.

2. A unit will not get any incentive beyond a period of 5 years from the date of commercial production or 5 years from the date of end of this policy, whichever is earlier.

3. In the event of change of ownership or management of a unit, the same shall be intimated by the unit to the competent authority as defined by the Department of Industries from time to time. If required, a revised Letter/ Eligibility Certificate shall be issued to the unit (in the name of new owner) for balance incentives. The eligibility period shall not be extended under any circumstances and shall continue to be defined with effect from the original date of production.

4. If any false declaration is given or in the case of any violation of conditions of this policy, the amount of incentives are liable to be recovered from the date of availing such incentives along with interest compounded annually @ 18% per annum. In case of non-payment within the stipulated time, the state government may recover such amounts including interest as arrears of land revenue.

5. Provisions applicable from 20th January, 2020

  • All eligible units will be provided 80% reimbursement (100% in case of units in High Priority Sector) against the SGST deposited in the account of the State Government from the Electronic Cash Ledger after adjustment of IGST and SGST credit available in the Electronic Credit Ledger, from the date of implementation of GST i.e. 01.07.2017.
  • Industrial units having production less than 25% of installed capacity shall not be eligible for SGST reimbursement.
  • Maximum limit of land cost in the Approved project cost is increased from 10 percent to 20 percent.
  • In order to promote setting up of new and renewable energy based units for catering to the captive energy requirement of the existing and new units, these will be considered as new projects under the Bihar Industrial Investment Promotion Policy, 2016 and all incentives/ facilities will be provided to them accordingly."
  • Expansion/ Modernization/ Diversification
  • Expansion Project: There shall be a minimum 25% (earlier 50%) increase in the initial installed production capacity.
  • Modernization Project: There shall be a minimum 25% (earlier 50%) increase in the installed production capacity as a result of modernization.
  • Diversification Project: There shall be a minimum 25% (earlier 50%) increase in the approved project cost with respect to the original value without depreciation and establishment of new product line by the unit.
  • Industries under White Category shall be exempted from obtaining CTO & CTE from Pollution Control Board

6. Provisions applicable from 29th June, 2020

  • This policy shall expire on 31st March, 2025.
  • Unit having investment less than Rs. 25 Lacs or proposed employment less than 25 person shall not be eligible for application under this policy
  • All licenses/clearances required in setting up of industrial units in Bihar have the provision of "deemed clearance"
  • Effluent treatment plant (ETP) or Air treatment plant (ATP) set up in any existing unit will be considered as a new project and all incentives/facilities will be provided to them accordingly. For new units, cost of any such Effluent treatment plant (ETP) or Air treatment plant (ATP) shall be Included In approved project cost
  • Dovetailing of incentives with the Central Government schemes would be allowed under this policy
NEGATIVE LIST OF INDUSTRIES

1. The following units will not be eligible for any support under this policy:
                a. Units manufacturing narcotic drugs
                b. Units manufacturing alcoholic beverages
                c. Tobacco based industries
                d. Units manufacturing asbestos
2. The State Government shall have the right to decide whether a unit falls under the negative list and can modify the above list accordingly.
3. As a general principle, any industry which impacts the environment adversely will be discouraged by the State Government for investment. Such industries will not be eligible for any incentive under this policy and be placed in the above mentioned negative list.


Click on the links to read full 2016 policy   Amendment for High Priority Sector  and notifications released on 20/01/2020  29/06/2020 

Industry Policy highlights 2016

HIGH PRIORITY SECTORS

Food Processing Maize Processing, Fruits &Vegetable (F&V) Processing, Poultry and Fish Processing Services IT, IT enabled Services (ITeS) , Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) Sector Textile, Apparel, Leather Sector Weaving/ Knitting/Stitching, Production of Apparel, Banana/Jute Fibre, Leather/ Artificial Leather/ Leather substitute material

Nature of Incentive Benefits
Reimbursement of Stamp duty/ Registration 100% Reimbursement
Land Conversion Fee

100% Reimbursement

Interest Subvention on Term Loan from the Bank/Financial Institution registered under RBI/SEBI Rate of interest @10% or actual, whichever is lower Maximum of 50% of approved project cost subject to a maximum of Rs 20 Cr.
Tax Incentives 100% of SGST admitted for a period of 5 years subject to maximum limit of 100% of approved project cost
Employment Cost Subsidy 50% reimbursement for male workers and 100% for female workers of contribution towards ESI and EPF for a period of 5 years for employees who are domicile of Bihar Maximum limit of Rs. 1,000 for Sc/ST and women and Rs. 500 for general employees per month.
Skill development Subsidy Rs 20,000 per employee or BSDM rates, whichever is lower Minimum period of employment is 1 year

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NOTE : The industrial units can be categorized into High Priority provided :

Textile & Leather Sector A unit in which (i) Investment in Fixed Asset and Plant and Machinery (excluding Land) is more than Rs 5 Crore, and (ii) creating direct employment of at least 50 core workers (excluding support staff such as Drivers, Guards etc.).
For IT and ITeS Sector A unit in which (i) Investment in Fixed Asset and Plant and Machinery (excluding Land) is more than Rs 5 Crore, and (ii) creating direct employment of at least 50 core workers (excluding support staff such as Drivers, Guards etc.).
Food Processing Sector A unit in which investment in Fixed Asset and Plant and Machinery (excluding Land) is more than Rs 5 Crore


PRIORITY SECTORS:

Food Processing Food-grains (Cereals and pulses) and oilseed , Milk Processing and Dairy Product Manufacturing , Honey Processing , Meat Processing, Spice and Herbs Processing, Tea Processing, Other edible preparations, Sugarcane Processing, Warehousing, General/ Business Development Services related to food processing sector

Manufacturing Small Machine Manufacturing Sector, Electrical and Electronic Hardware Manufacturing Sector, Textile Sector, Plastic & Rubber Sector

Tourism Sector, Renewable Energy Sector, Healthcare Sector, Technical Education Sector

Nature of Incentive Benefits

Reimbursement of Stamp duty/ Registration

100% Reimbursement

Land Conversion Fee

100% Reimbursement

Interest Subvention on Term Loan from the Bank/Financial Institution registered under RBI/SEBI

 

  • Others @10% or actual, whichever is lower
  • Overall limit  of 30% of approved project cost subject to maximum of Rs 10 Cr

 

  • For SC/ST/Women/Differently Abled Person/War Widow/Acid Attack Victim/Third Gender
  • Micro & [email protected] % or actual whichever is lower
  • Others @11.5% or actual whichever is lower
  • Overall limit will be 34.5% of approved cost for priority sector subject to maximum limit is Rs. 11.5 Cr.

Tax Incentive

  • Tax benefits subject to 100% of approved project cost
  • Micro & Small Units/Solar power generation or Renewable energy generation unit for commercial purpose –additional 30% of approved project cost
  • 80% VAT/ CST/Entry Tax reimbursement for five years

( GST notification still pending)

  • 100% reimbursement on electricity duty for five years. Not eligible, if captive power exported to entities other than BSPHCL.
  • For SC/ST/ Women /Differently Abled Person/War Widow/Acid Attack Victim/Third Gender
  • 92% VAT/ CST/Entry Tax reimbursement for five years with maximum limit of 115% of approved project cost for Priority Sector

Private Industrial Park

  • Interest subvention of 10% or actual which is lower, maximum up to 30% for non priority /35% for priority sector units or Rs. 50 Cr. whichever is lower

NON PRIORITY SECTORS:

Nature of Incentive Benefits
Reimbursement of Stamp duty/ Registration 100% Reimbursement
Land Conversion Fee 100% Reimbursement
Interest Subvention on Term Loan from the Bank/Financial Institution registered under RBI/SEBI

 

  • Others @10% or actual, whichever is lower
  • Overall limit of 15% of approved project for non priority sector subject to a maximum of Rs. 10 Cr.

 

  • For SC/ST/Women/Differently Abled Person/War Widow/Acid Attack Victim/Third Gender
  • Micro & [email protected] % or actual whichever is lower
  • Others @11.5% or actual, whichever is lower
  • Overall limit will be 17.25% for non priority sectors
  • Maximum limit is Rs. 11.5 Cr.

Tax Incentive

  • Tax benefits subject to 70% of approved project cost for Non Priority sectors

 

  • Micro & Small Units/Solar power generation or Renewable energy generation unit for commercial purpose –additional 30% of approved project cost
  • 80% VAT/ CST/Entry Tax reimbursement for five years

( GST notification still pending)

  • 100% reimbursement on electricity duty for five years. Not eligible, if captive power exported to entities other than BSPHCL.

 

  • For SC/ST/ Women /Differently Abled Person/War Widow/Acid Attack Victim/Third Gender
  • 92% VAT/ CST/Entry Tax reimbursement for five years with maximum limit of 80.50% of approved project cost
Private Industrial Park
  • Interest subvention of 10% or actual which is lower, maximum up to 30% for non priority /35% for priority sector project or Rs. 50 Cr. whichever is lower

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General Conditions

1. All the above mentioned incentives shall be post production except interest subvention scheme, which shall be linked with the repayment schedule of the Term Loan.

2. No capital subsidy is available

3. No MMG/AMG benefit is available

Annexure II - Negative list of industries

1. The following units will not be eligible for any support under this policy:
                a. Units manufacturing narcotic drugs
                b. Units manufacturing alcoholic beverages
                c. Tobacco based industries
                d. Units manufacturing asbestos
2. The State Government shall have the right to decide whether a unit falls under the negative list and can modify the above list accordingly.
3. As a general principle, any industry which impacts the environment adversely will be discouraged by the State Government for investment. Such industries will not be eligible for any incentive under this policy and be placed in the above mentioned negative list.

Bihar Startup Policy 2017

Benefits for Start-Ups

1. Startups will be exempt from licensing/registration required for operations under various State Acts for a period of 5 years. However, Statutory licenses (such as Drug License, FSSAI, Building Plan, Fire Fighting) shall be obtained by the startup if its nature of business/activity may lead to potential threat to life and safety in which case the government shall bear the cost of the license(s).

2. Startups have to be certified by the Nodal Agency.

3. Startups should be given preference by the State Government Departments/PSUs in the procurement process for products/services.

4. Startups must be registered with an incubation centre to have reserved and free cost of space.

5. Seed grant upto Rs. 10 lakh per startup as an interest free loan will be given by the State Government for a period of 10 years. The financial assistance shall be provided for validation of idea, prototype development, assistance towards travelling costs and carrying out field/ market research/ skill training/ marketing, initial activities of setup etc. The financial assistance shall only be provided to the Startup once it achieves milestones and performance parameters as defined by the Incubation Center and the Trust (Nodal Agency of the State), where 5% of the seed grant shall be contributed by the Incubatee into the Startup.

6. Success fee for fundraising: If the startup successfully mobilizes investments from State registered Angel Investors, the State Government shall provide the startup a success fee of 2% of the investment.

7. Filling Cost: The State Government will bear all costs associated with the filing of domestic patents and reimburse the filing fees for awarded foreign patents.

Benefits for Incubators

1. Incubators will be reimbursed the cost of incubating a startup, with a maximum limit of Rs. 2 lakh per incubatee.

2. Incubators will receive a fiscal incentive of 2% of the investment received by the incubatee from SEBI registered AIFs (Alternate Investment Funds).

3. Incubators will receive a fiscal incentive of 3% of the investment received by the incubatee from SEBI registered AIFs (Alternate Investment Funds) or Grant received from Government of India for promoting Technology based (IPR) startups.

4. Incubators will receive a fiscal incentive of 5% of the investment received by the incubatee from SEBI registered AIFs (Alternate Investment Funds) for promoting Startups in the social sector that provide solutions in areas like health, education, nutrition etc.

State Contribution in the Fund

1. The Trust (Bihar Startup Trust) may participate in SEBI registered AIFs (Alternate Investment Funds) and Venture Capital Funds, with a ceiling of 25% as Limited Partner. The so created Venture Capital Fund shall invest at least 50% (i.e. equal to twice the contribution made by trust in the VC Fund) into Bihar based Startups.

2. Venture Capital Fund shall invest at least 50% (i.e. equal to twice the contribution made by trust in the VC Fund) into Bihar Based Start-ups.

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Startup India & DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade)

Support to Start-up Ecosystem

Startup India is the flagship initiative of the Government of India (launched January 2016), with the intent of building a strong eco-system for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country which will in turn drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities.

The government announced the Startup India Action Plan to address all aspects of the Startup ecosystem with the hope of accelerating spreading of the Startupthis movement. It is segmented in the following parts:

  • Simplification and Handholding
  • Funding Support and Incentives
  • Industry-Academia Partnership and Incubation
1) Simplification and Handholding
  • Startup India Hub
  • Rolling out of Mobile App and Portal
  • Legal Support and Fast-tracking Patent Examination at Lower Costs
  • Relaxed Norms of Public Procurement for Startups
  • Faster Exit Options for Startups
2) Funding support and incentives
  • Providing Funding Support through a Fund of Funds with a Corpus of Rs 10,000 Ccr
  • Credit Guarantee Fund for Startups
  • Tax Exemption on Capital Gains
  • Tax Exemption to Startups for 3 years
  • Tax Exemption on Investments above Fair Market Value
  • Organizing Startup Fests for Showcasing Innovation and Providing a Collaboration Platform
3) Industry-Academia partnership and Incubation
  • Harnessing Private Sector Expertise for Incubator Setup
  • Building Innovation Centres at National Institutes
  • Promoting Startups in the Biotechnology Sector
  • Launching of Innovation Focused Programs for Students
  • Annual Incubator Grand Challenge
An entity shall be recognised as a Startup by DPIIT if it fulfils all of the following criteria
  • 1. Period of existence and operations should not exceed 10 years from the Date of Incorporation
  • 2. It is incorporated as a Private Limited Company, Registered Partnership Firm or a Limited Liability partnership (entity should not have been formed by splitting up or reconstruction of an already existing business)
  • 3. Annual Turnover for any of the financial years has not exceeded Rs 100 Ccr, and
  • 4. It is working towards innovation, development, deployment or commercialization of new products, processes or services potential of employment generation or wealth creation.
Eligibility Criteria for Tax Exemption under Section 56(2)(viib) of the Income Tax Act:
  • The entity should be a DPIIT recognized Startup
  • Consideration of shares received is exempt up to aAggregate amount of paid up share capital and share premium of the Startup after the proposed issue of shares (if any) does not exceed Rs 25 Cr.
  • Investment into eligible Startups by Accredited Investors, non- residents, AIFs (Category I) & listed companies with a net worth of more than Rs 100 Cr or turnover more than Rs 250 Cr shall be exempt.
Startup India: 80- IAC Tax exemption:

Post getting DPIIT recognition, a - Startup may apply for Tax exemption under section 80 IAC of the Income Tax Act. Post getting clearance for Tax exemption, the Startup can avail tax holiday for 3 consecutive financial years out of its first ten years since incorporation.

Eligibility Criteria for applying to Income Tax exemption (80IAC):
  • The entity should be a recognized Startup
  • Only Private limited or a Limited Liability Partnership is eligible for Tax exemption under Section 80IAC
  • The Startup should have been incorporated after 1st April, 2016
Filing of Patents
  • Fast tracking of patent application.
  • Panel of facilitators to assist in filing of IP applications.
  • 100% of the fee of facilitator for filing applications for Patent/ Trademark/ Design shall be borne by Central Govt. However, statutory fee has to be paid by the Startup.
  • 80% rebate in patent filing fee to the Startup.
Easier Public Procurement Norms
  • Easier registration on government e-Marketplace (GeM) - an online procurement platform and largest marketplace for govt. departments to procure products & services.
  • Exemption to Startups in the manufacturing sector from the criteria of “prior experience/turnover” without any compromise on quality standards or technical parameters.
  • Startups are exempted from submitting Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) or Bid Security while filling governments tender.
Easy winding up of Company
  • As per IBC code 2016, after meeting certain criteria, Startup companies can be wounded up within 90 days of filing an application for insolvency.
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