Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have overtaken Gujarat on the all-India Ease of Doing Business Reforms Ranking released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). While Andhra Pradesh and Telangana came in at 1 and 2 with an implementation score of 98.78%, Gujarat was ranked at number 3 with a score of 98.21% with Chhattisgarh being ranked at 4 with a score of 97.32%.
Many states in the North East were among the low-ranked ones with Meghalaya (0.30%), Arunachal Pradesh (0.30%), Sikkim (0.60%), and Mizoram (0.89%) accompanied by low scores from the North for Jammu & Kashmir (0.30%) and Chandigarh (0.30%).
While Delhi received a ranking of 19 with an implementation score of 47.62%, Kerala came in at 20 (26.97%), followed by Goa at 21 (18.15%).
DIPP made the rankings based on real-time implementation of a 340-point Business Reform Action Plan for states and union territories and the period for implementation was till 30 June 2016. Reforms include providing licenses, registrations and other approvals; a single window approval for online clearances; facility for online tax return filing, environmental and labour reforms, to name a few. States such as Andhra Pradesh have implemented 325 reforms out of 340; Telangana, 324; Gujarat, 330; Chhattisgarh, 327. Delhi, on the other hand, has managed to implement only 160 of the proposed reforms, while Kerala has implemented only 89 reforms and Goa only 61.
Last week, India was positioned at 130 on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, an improvement of just one point from last year’s ranking. The global report saw little to no improvement on parameters such as construction permits and obtaining credit.
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