Commercial Affairs is the division of the Department of Home Affairs (DOH) responsible for the implementation of the Commercial Activities Code (CAP) under the Department’s Commercial Activities (CAC) policy.
Under the policy, the government has mandated the creation of commercial agencies in states and Union Territories to manage their commercial affairs.
The policy also stipulates that commercial affairs entities must have at least two years’ experience in commercial activities and they must have a net turnover of more than Rs 1,500 crore in a calendar year.
The government’s CAC policy also states that a commercial affairs department must have an effective capacity of 60 per cent in the state and at least 40 per cent of the total number of officers in the agency.
The department also has a role in setting up a commercial agency’s business plan, as well as setting up procedures to ensure that the business plan is implemented.
The Commercial Affairs Department’s web page has detailed information on the activities of commercial affairs agencies across the country.
The state of Maharashtra, the states of Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Nagaland and Tamil Nadu have the largest number of commercial offices.
The most popular commercial services in Maharashtra are listed below:• Commercial affairs agencies, as defined under the Commercial Affairs Act, may receive contracts from various commercial entities.• The agency shall have a minimum of 60 officers.• Each commercial enterprise shall have at the time of signing of a contract a minimum number of employees and a minimum net turnover in the preceding year.• All other services provided by commercial enterprises shall be made free of charge.
Sources: NIA, NREGA (Naval, Defence, Industrial and Transport) and Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of IndiaSource: NRI India