A person shows the Aadhaar app on his mobile phone (Photo: The Quint)

Government To Ask MSMEs Under GSTN To Obtain Udyog Aadhaar

The government will urge about one crore micro small and medium enterprises registered under the Goods and Services Tax Network to obtain Udyog Aadhaar number to avail benefits of various government schemes, MSME Secretary AK Panda said.

The finance ministry is likely to send an email to the micro, small and medium enterprises soon, detailing the services that can be obtained using Udyog Aadhaar.

The move is aimed at converging the GSTN’s database with Udyog Aadhaar’s and procuring MSMEs’ contact details and information about their businesses, so that government policies can be tailored to match their needs.

The ministry cannot obtain the details of the enterprises without their consent, owing to data privacy provisions under the GST Act, Panda said.

I wanted if we can get details, at least their contact point, the vertical in which they are working, but I was told that the GST Act has issues of privacy, that this data cannot be shared without the consent of the enterprise.
AK Panda, Secretary, MSME Department

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However, he said the e-mail will not make it mandatory for MSMEs to register with Udyog Aadhaar, but will only suggest the enterprises opt for it.

“We are planning to request the Finance Ministry to send a mail to everybody who is registered in GSTN but not registered in Udyog Aadhaar to get registered under the Udyog Aadhaar and avail benefits,” Panda said.

Over 48 lakh MSMEs are presently registered under Udyog Aadhaar, which enables these units to seek information and apply online for various services offered by different ministries and departments.