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Red tape, taxes, bribes put brakes on Make In India drive

World Bank lists India at 130 out of 190 for ease of conducting business; startups cite gridlock at every turn

Made in India or Mad in India? Many small-scale manufacturers such as Mr Saurabh Ahuja, who owns Nuts and Boltz, have had to grapple with red tape and hurdles at government offices.

New Delhi

WHEN Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a US$600 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another US$900 in taxes and bribes and waited three months for it to clear customs.

"We lack in technology and industry to make the smallest things...

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