Senior BJP leader and the Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh, has on Monday launched a fresh web portal in order to issue ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ for power projects and Research Survey Exploration Exploitation (RSEE) activities in the Indian Territorial Waters (TW) and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) accords security clearances to various private and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) or Government organizations for power, wind or solar projects in areas nearby defense installations and also RSEE activities in the Indian TW and EEZ for applications received through different Ministries like Ministry of New and renewable Energy (MNRE), Ministry of Power, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Ministry of Shipping, Director General of Hydrocarbons.
The Ministry has also developed the online application portal with the assistance of National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG) and National Informatics Centre (NIC) to ensure ease of business and transparency in issuing NOC for the above such projects. The newly developed MoD web portal will facilitate the applicants in submitting their proposals online for seeking MoD Security Clearance for undertaking Power Projects/RSEE activities. The Online System will establish an effective, speedy and transparent mechanism to process these proposals. The Ministry has earlier launched a similar portal for grant of NOC for aerial survey.
Besides, the Chief of Defense Staff & Secretary Department of Military Affairs General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria and Defense Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and other senior officials of MoD were present on the occasion.