Employees work on laptop computers at a startup office in Bengaluru. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

DPIIT Proposes Startup India Vision 2024 And Tax Measures For New Ventures

The Commerce and Industry Ministry has proposed measures, including tax incentives, to promote budding entrepreneurs as part of the 'Startup India Vision 2024', an official said.

The vision document aims at facilitating setting up of 50,000 new start-ups in the country by 2024, and creating 20 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, which has prepared the document, has also suggested:

  • Setting up of 500 new incubators and accelerators by 2024.
  • 100 innovation zones in urban local bodies.
  • Deployment of entire corpus of Rs 10,000 crore fund of funds.
  • Expanding corporate social responsibility funding to incubators.

The other measures include setting up of Rs 1,000 crore 'India startup fund' to support high technology start-ups; providing Rs 1,000 crore of seed funding; and operationalisation of seven research parks by 2024.

“The DPIIT wants to strengthen the complete ecosystem for startups and these measures would help in doing that. It will be presented to the new government for their consideration,” the official said.

The vision document proposes to:

  • Reduce compliance burden, setting up of regulatory sandbox for testing of financial products.
  • Tax incentives for investments in startups.
  • Reduction of goods and services tax rates.
  • Tax exemption for employee stock options.
  • Exemption of angel tax on all investments by alternate investment funds.

A regulatory sandbox usually refers to live-testing of new products or services in a controlled and test regulatory environment for which regulators may or may not permit certain regulatory relaxations for the limited purpose of the testing.

It also suggested that banks should set up a single window system to lend to startups.

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