When it comes to the registration of shops and businesses, there is a list of applications that must be completed depending on the type of business. There are numerous food establishments, all of which must register for a food licence with the FSSAI. Depending on the type of business, the company’s turnover, and their expansion plans, they must register under the appropriate sections of the Act. Except for a few exceptions and businesses that can have theirs for five years, they must renew their food licences annually because they have a one-year expiration date. If any exist, Furthermore, if the same company intends to operate multiple unrelated food-related establishments, they must obtain separate food licences. The food licence comes with a unique number, which they must include on all of the food they sell.
According to the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006, food licences only apply to food business operators (FBO). An FBO is defined as any undertaking, whether private or public, for-profit or not, that engages in any of the activities related to any stage of food manufacturing and processing. Furthermore, they have a plethora of roles and responsibilities in order to achieve food safety in their company.
Companies that do not complete the process and consider conducting business in public face severe penalties. To complete the inspection, the establishment had to fill out paperwork and invite people to inspect the premises. The inspectors ensure that the people in charge of the company follow all of the rules and that the information on the forms is correct.
Any registered or licenced individual with an FSSAI Registration must follow the rules and regulations. A food safety officer inspects the food business operator’s facility and uses a checklist to determine how well they are complying with the regulations.
Compliance (C) (C)
Non-compliance (NC) (NC)
Partially Compliant (PC)
Not applicable/Not noticed (NA)
Businesses that do not fall into the food category must also register, and they must do so through a separate scheme known as Udyog Aadhaar. The scheme was launched in 2015 and had received over 48 million registrations by 2018. However, the government is working to increase those numbers even further and encourage more businesses to register in order to benefit both them and the economy.
Here are some of the advantages of registering businesses under the scheme.
Loans without a guarantee and at subsidised rates are available.
Financial assistance for participation in foreign expos
Exclusive government subsidies are available.
Possibility of applying for micro-business loans and other related programmes
Businesses will have easier access to government provisions.
All of these advantages are critical to a business because they allow you to access capital and receive government assistance.
You can also combine the benefits of Udyog Aadhaar with a lucrative business loan to significantly improve your business. Whether you want to improve your infrastructure, upgrade your machinery, or expand your business, enlisting the help of the government seems like the best option.
The government went a step further and made the Udyog Aadhaar scheme available online, allowing more people to complete it at their leisure without having to inconvenience themselves. They also included information about other processes that businesses had to go through in order to help other businesses navigate the system. All of the applications are available online, and people can even download them and submit them in person if they prefer.
Furthermore, because most people were at home during the pandemic, they began registering for the Udyog Aadhar scheme because they had the time and wanted the Government benefits so they could compete with other companies.