Ease of business norms revised for states

Source: The Economic Times, Jan 23, 2017

NEW DELHI: The Centre has pruned the business reform action plan for states that will require them to sharpen focus on improving licencing and related processes in health, pharma, fertilizer and transport for this year’s ease of doing business rankings.

The DIPP in consultation with states and World Bank has drawn up the new agenda that concentrates on 294 action points instead of 340 in last year’s list. “We have not reduced the number of parameters but tried to avoid repetitions,” a senior DIPP official said. “States’ inputs have been factored in for the reforms they felt required to be taken up with greater urgency.” DIPP has invited comments from states over the list likely to be announced by January-end.

Last year, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana jointly topped the Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms, which covered the period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Most low income states had succeeded in accomplishing 70-90% of the reforms last year. In keeping with the process for World Bank’s global Doing Business rankings, the government will take into account user feedback on the reforms accomplished on the ground.

DIPP will also collect feedback from companies, lawyers and other users for the global ranks as well on all the 10 parameters of the World Bank’s global report. Reforms by states last year included single-window systems for regulatory and fiscal incentive approvals, e-registration for VAT, professional tax and online payment.

DIPP has also come up with a separate list of reforms to be taken up by central ministries to improve India’s global rank. India is aiming for a leap of 80 spots next year to be in the world’s top 50 countries for ease of doing business.

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