New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu-were categorised as ‘top achievers’ in the Ease of Doing Business ranking of states and union territories, according to the Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) 2020 report released by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday.
For the ease of doing business, the UT administration implemented a single-window system in many departments and launched online services in the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), hospitality department, estate office, industry department, RLA, pollution control committee, municipal corporation, and forest and wildlife department.
The BRA is expected to address 301 reform points across 15 business regulatory areas, including access to information, a single-window system, labor, the environment, land administration, utility permits, and the transfer of land and property.
Addressing the event, Sitharaman said, “The ease of doing business today (has) seen a lot of right changes and adaptations which were required to understand what is happening for business on the ground.” The minister also said she was glad to see that, year after year, new ways were being brought in to make the ranking a lot more real-time and robust.
The introduction of sectoral reforms got underway in BRAP 2020. The ministry added that 72 reforms were identified across nine sectors, namely, trade licences, healthcare, legal metrology, cinema halls, hospitality, fire NOC, telecom, movie shooting, and tourism, the ministry added.
Piyush Goyal, commerce minister, said that back in 2014, prime minister Narendra Modi had stressed that while the government was working on the international front to get recognition for ease of doing business through World Bank rankings, it should also involve all stakeholders, particularly states and UTs, to get them on board.