Government launches e-Sahaj portal to facilitate security clearances of businesses

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched e-Sahaj portal to facilitate individuals and private companies in seeking security clearance for setting up businesses in certain sensitive sectors. The portal aims to bring greater transparency in according security clearances to business proposals relating to sensitive sectors and geographical locations.

MHA is the nodal authority for granting security clearances in certain sensitive sectors before the licence, permit, permission, contract etc is issued to companies, bidders, individuals by the respective administrative ministry. The objective of national security clearance is to evaluate potential security threats, including economic threats and provide risk assessment before clearing investment and project proposals in key sectors.

The portal will help to strike a healthy balance between meeting imperatives of national security and facilitating ease of doing business and promoting investment in the country, It will facilitate applicant to submit an application online and also to view its status from time to time. The online portal will make security clearance process standardised, faster, transparent and easy to monitor. Thus it will help to facilitate ease of doing business and promoting investment in the country.

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