Ranking of states in terms of Ease of doing business announced Andhra Pradesh retains the first position
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman has
released the ranking of states on ease of doing business annual feature these
The top ten states
The top ten states under State Reform
Action Plan 2019 are: Andhra Pradesh,
Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal
Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat. Tamil Nadu which was in the 15 th
position last year has moved marginally to the 14th position while the Union
territory of Puducherry remained in distant 27 th position.
were made in the august presence of Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, Civil
aviation minister Hardip singh Puri.
Ranking of States based on the implementation of
Business Reform Action Plan started in the year 2015. Till date, State Rankings
have been released for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017-18. The Business Reform Action Plan 2018-19 includes 180 reform
points covering 12 business regulatory areas
such as Access to Information, Single Window System, Labour, Environment, etc.
The ranking this time
based on the feedback from over thirty thousand respondents
The larger objective of attracting investments and increasing Ease of
Doing Business in each State was sought to be achieved by introducing an element
of healthy competition through a system of ranking states based on their
performance in the implementation of Business Reform Action Plan. The ranking
this time gives full weightage to the feedback from over thirty thousand
respondents at the ground level, who gave their opinion about the effectiveness
of the reforms. State rankings will help attract investments, foster healthy
competition and increase Ease of Doing Business in each State.
“India is seen
taking the reform process seriously which showed when foreign direct investment
in the country increased even during the Covid-19 pandemic, amid what was
called world’s strictest lockdown.. States have embraced the true spirit behind
the State Business Reforms Action Plan," said Smt Sitharaman after release
of the rankings.
Rankings are competitive
"The Ease of Doing Business rankings being released are a
reflection of the efforts made by states, the rankings are competitive; India
is among the very few nations which has state-specific rankings, which will in
turn help the nation improve its ranking," Piyush Goyal said during the
“I would urge
States to undertake steps to minimize the regulatory burden by removing renewal
of licenses or extending their periodicity, simplifying application forms,
introducing risk-based inspections or introduction of third-party inspections,
digitizing approvals and undertaking measures to rationalize the regulatory
regime,” said Mr
Hardeep Singh Puri.