New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh emerged at the top in the rankings of States and Union Territories (UTs) under State Reform Action Plan (SRAP), 2019, on September 5, 2020. The new rankings were released by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Som Parkash, said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today..
The Action Plan included 187 reform points covering 12 business regulatory areas, such as, Access to Information and Transparency Enablers, Labour Regulation-Enablers, Construction Permit Enablers, Single Window System, Sector Specific, Inspection Enablers, Paying Taxes, Environment Registration Enablers, Obtaining Utility Permits, Land Administration/Transfer of Property, Contract Enforcement and Land Availability and Allotment.
The top States as per the assessment under SRAP, 2019 are tabulated below:-
It is noted that some States/UTs have improved their ranking while others have slipped down in the SRAP, 2019 as compared to their previous year’s rankings.
The assessment of States/UTs under SRAP, 2019 was based on feedback obtained from users/professionals against 180 out of 187 reform points, which is in congruence with the methodology followed by the World Bank in its global Doing Business rankings.
The assessment under SRAP, 2019 indicates the area-wise performance of States/UTs based on feedback received from user/professionals. States/UTs have been encouraged to implement the remaining reforms and to work on generating more awareness among general public. Further, DPIIT has prepared a 301-point State Reforms Action Plan, 2020 and shared with States/UTs on August 25, 2020. The Action Plan is spread across 15 reform areas and seeks to promote sector-specific approach so as to create an enabling business environment across various sectors in the country. The various sectors include Trade License, Healthcare, Legal Metrology, Fire License/NOC, Cinema Halls, Hospitality, Telecom, Movie Shooting and Tourism.
In order to guide States/UTs for implementing critical and complex reforms, a series of capacity building webinars were organized in the months of November, 2020, December, 2020 and January, 2021, wherein reform area-wise best practices of a States were shared with all the States. Further, a set of FAQs have been prepared and shared with the States/UTs on November 16, 2020 to help them in understanding reform requirements, objective and other key points.
– global bihari bureau