The Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh Rajendra Kumar Tiwari has informed that state government has introduced a new MoU monitoring mechanism for smooth implementation of investment intents. According to this mechanism, a new online MoU tracking portal has been integrated with single window system-Nivesh Mitra, MoUs signed between the State government and Investors to be mapped to concerned sectoral Departments and updated on MoU Tracking Portal, dedicated departmental Nodal officers to be nominated for each MoU according to the investment amount or number of MoUs to utilize domain expertise, top-level departmental heads to hold monthly review meetings in this regard, departments to set up Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) for proposed investments in MoUs of more than Rs. 1 Lakh Crore or when number of MoUs is more than 200 and UdyogBandhu to be the Nodal Agency for technical management.
He further added that state government has directed Infrastructure & Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC), Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC), all Additional Chief Secretaries, Secretaries and Divisional Commissioners of the State for prompt and strict compliance of the provisions and processes defined under the new mechanism to facilitate willing investors and timely implementation of their projects.
Elaborating on the objectives of the new system, the Chief Secretary said that the new mechanism aims to institutionalize investment project monitoring system along with standardization of MoU implementation across the project life cycle in the state. He said that the new system would not only bring the investors and other government stakeholders on a single interactive platform, but it would also enable facilitation requirements of investors for smoother implementation and better targeting. Moreover, investors would have the option of communicating with departments online through this portal.
The directions have been issued through a government order issued by the Chief Secretary today.
IIDC, iAlokTandon said that as a result of rigorous review and monitoring at the various levels of government, 371 of 1045 MoUs received during the U.P. Investors Summit 2018 were under various phases of implementation in the state and till 17th March 2020, 106 of these 371 MoUs had successfully started their commercial operations, yet it was felt by the government that a better and efficient mechanism was required to ensure speedy execution of investment projects in view of the interest shown by new national and international investors.
Principal Secretary, Infrastructure & Industrial Development, Alok Kumar informed that under the new mechanism, all concerned departments would have to assign a dedicated nodal officer for implementation of MoUs. He said that MoU tracking portal, which had been integrated with Nivesh Mitra, the single window portal of the state, would impart digital and real-time transparency to the system, while domain expertise of different departments would be better utilized by allocating the sector-wise MoUs to concerned departments for monitoring.
Under the new mechanism, all departments of State Government have been provided with two separate logins for MoU tracking portal. One for Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary/ Secretary (administrative head) of the Department and other for appointed nodal officer of the department.
Details of all the existing MoUs are already available on the portal and each MoU is mapped to a dedicated MoU department. The MoU department will be solely responsible for implementation of the MoU. All the new MoUs signed between any department of Government of Uttar Pradesh need to be entered in MoU tracking portal. Similarly, all Divisional Commissioners will also be able to access the portal through a distinct login ID allotted to them.
The new government order mandates monitoring of MoUs through MoU Tracking Portal, however, multi-level monthly review meetings will be organised by the MoU Department.
Review meeting of MoUs with investment proposal of above Rs. 2000 Cr. of agriculture & allied sectors will be presided over by Agriculture Production Commissioner and organised by the concerned department, whereas, review meeting of MoUs above Rs. 2000 Cr. of sectors other than agriculture & allied sector will be chaired by Infrastructure & Industrial Development Commissioner.
The review meetings of MoUs with investment amount from Rs. 500 Cr. to Rs. 2000 Cr. are to be presided over by Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary/Secretary of MoU Department, while MoUs below Rs. 500 Cr. of all sectors are to be reviewed by Divisional Commissioners.
The system provides for setting up of a Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) for implementation of MoUs, where either cumulative quantum of proposed investments in MoUs are more than Rs. 1 Lakh Crore or number of MoUs is more than 200. Departments with lesser number of MoUs or proposed investment need to set up a MoU monitoring cell.
Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary/Secretary (Administrative Head of the Department) of MoU Department will head the PMU.
Investment facilitation agency of Uttar Pradesh, Udyog Bandhu will be the Nodal agency for technical management of the mechanism.