Andhra Pradesh scored the top position in the DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) and World Bank’s jointly released ease of doing business index for states, leaving behind industry-focused states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.
The next two spots for ease of doing business were grabbed by Telangana and Haryana respectively. It must be noted that Telangana dropped to the second spot after topping the rankings last year.
Performance of states:
The top rankers are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Haryana. Jharkhand and Gujarat stood fourth and fifth respectively.
Delhi is placed at 23rd among 34 states and Union territories. Its rank also worsened from 18th in 2016.
Karnataka has occupied the eighth spot, against 13th in 2016.
The rankings are based on the performance of states in implementing the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP).
DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the World Bank conducted an annual reform exercise for all States and UTs under the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP). The aim of this exercise is to improve delivery of various Central Government regulatory functions and services in an efficient, effective and transparent manner.
The reform plan includes 372 recommendations for reforms on regulatory processes, policies, practices, and procedures spread across 12 reform areas including labor regulation enablers; contract enforcement; registering property; inspection reform enablers; single window system; land availability and allotment; construction permit enablers etc.
BRAP 2017 includes two new sectors i.e. Healthcare and Hospitality.