Andhra Pradesh once again topped the list of ease of doing business index for the states, Telangana slipped to second place. Last year Andhra and Telangana jointly secured top spot.
The Telugu states were followed by Haryana and Jharkhand which grabbed the third and fourth spots respectively, according to the third edition of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion’s (DIPP’s) Business Reforms Action Plan, 2017.
Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s home state and first rank holder in 2015, Gujarat last the game and stood at mere 5th place. The final rankings were arrived at after a combination of “reform evidence score” and “feedback score”. The highlights were the states of Jharkhand and Telangana who scored a 100.00% score in their reform evidence scores.
In the inaugural edition of the rankings, only seven states implemented more than 50 per cent of the reforms suggested by the government, while the second edition saw 18 states implementing more than that level. This year, that list has crept up to only 21 states.
In the last Budget, the government had identified 372 action points for states which they would carry out in a mission mode.
In this year’s edition of rankings, DIPP carried out a comprehensive business-to-government (B2G) feedback exercise, where feedback was taken from businesses on the quality of implementation of the reforms claimed by the states.