Andhra Pradesh retained the top spot in The State Business Reform Action Plan 2019 Ranking. Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal released theranking for 2019 in Delhi on 5thSeptember. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Hardeep Singh Puri were also present. Andhra Pradesh was followed by Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.

Madhya Pradesh (4th), Jharkhand (5th), Chhattisgarh (6th), Himachal Pradesh (7th), Rajasthan (8th), West Bengal (9th) and Gujarat (10th) completed the top 10.Delhi’s position improved to 12th from 23rd in the last edition, while Karnataka’s ranking tumbled from 8th to 17th position. 

The ranking is based on parameters such as construction permit, labour regulation, environmental registration, access to information, land availability and single window system. The states were alloted points based on their implementation in these categories along with 10 other categories. The exercise is aimed at promoting competition among states with a view to improving the business climate to attract domestic as well as foreign investments.

India’s position in the ease of doing business ranking had jumped 14 notches last year to 63 among 190 countries. India has improved its ranking by 67 slots in the last 5 years.

Himachal Pradesh has notched nine points more than previous previous year rankings, securing 7th position among all states and UTs. Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur attributed the performance to measures like online approval for Section 118 cases, reforms in labour law, strengthening of the single window system, effective use of CM Helpline 1100 and easy availability of land for potential entrepreneurs, among others. Industrialists willing to invest in the state were being provided the approval at the earliest without any hindrance.

The drop in rankings for Karnataka from 8th to 17th has been seen as a major setback by the state. According to a report by New Indian Express, Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar said they will look into the report and take necessary measures to ensure that Karnataka finds itself among the top five states in the next year’s survey.

Recently, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa pitched Karnataka as the ideal investment destination to Japan.

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