Andhra tops 'ease of doing business' ranking, Telangana comes second

Irving Hamilton
July 11, 2018

Andhra Pradesh (AP) outperformed 28 other states and seven union territories in the 2016-17 financial year as far as the ease of doing business within a state is concerned.

Andhra Pradesh's neighbour Telangana, which is also the country's newest state, has been ranked number two in the list, followed by Haryana at number three and Jharkhand and Gujarat at number four and five respectively. In the mentioned list, that released on Tuesday, Andhra Pradesh topped the chart with a score of 98.42% while Telangana slipped down to number 2, scoring 98.33%. Maharashtra came at 13th position, while New Delhi was 23rd in the ranking under the Business Reform Action Plan.

The rankings were published by the Department for Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), which is under the commerce and industry ministry.

"The innovative partnership between the Central and state governments in a spirit of cooperative and competitive federalism to facilitate investments across the country is yielding notable results", CII President Rakesh Bharti Mittal said.

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The assessment under the BRAP 2017 is based on a combined score consisting of reform evidence score that is based on evidence uploaded by States/UTs and feedback score that is based on response garnered from the actual users of the services provided to the businesses.

In 2017, nine states achieved a combined score of more than 95% while six states achieved a combined score between 90-95%.

The ranking, which was introduced in 2015 with 285 action points, expanded to 372 measures in 2017 spread across 12 areas, including registering property, paying taxes and labour regulation enablers.

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