Andhra Pradesh is on the lead in the Indian government’s ‘ease of doing business’ index for the states. Andhra Pradesh scored 98.42 percent in the third edition of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion’s (DIPP’s) Business Reforms Action Plan, beating Telangana.
The state has improved in various fields such as taxes, protecting minority investors, issuing construction permits, providing new electricity connections, among others that helped a lot to reach this position. Also, Andhra Pradesh has successfully brought in 90 percent of the reforms listed in construction permits.
Other reforms that the state implemented involves the establishment of a dedicated conflict resolution mechanism for land and construction permits, implementing a system to allow approval based on third-party certification of structural design and architectural drawings and laying down a uniform building code.
The other states that come in under the segment are Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. According to the Business Reforms Action Plan, 2017, the topper state is being followed by Telangana and Haryana, where Telangana stood at the second position and Haryana stood at the third.
A significant information included that the states of Jharkhand and Telangana who scored a 100.00% score in their reform evidence scores. Last year, Telangana was on the top ranking but it has now come down to the second position.
For the purpose of arriving at the decision of final ranking, the combination of “reform evidence score” and “feedback score” was taken into consideration. The basic purpose of this ranking criteria is to encourage and motivate the states to make receive more investment and enhance their business structure.
In case of Maharashtra, the report has ranked it at the 13th position with a reform evidence score of 97.29 percent and a “feedback score” of 50.29%. On the other hand, the industrially developed state Tamil Nadu has been ranked at the 15th position with a “reform evidence score” of 95.93 percent and a feedback score of 43.90%.
Delhi, the capital of India, showed a decline from 47 percent in 2016 to 33.99 percent in the recent times. It stood at 23rd rank in the latest ranking. Whereas, apart from Assam, the north-eastern states still remain at the bottom of the ranking. These states need the immediate intervention of policies and fresh methods to convert themselves into a business-oriented destination.