The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, under the Ministry of Commerce published ranks of Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) of states and for the third consecutive year, Andhra Pradesh ranked first. Uttar Pradesh jumped 10 positions, ranking second. Let’s understand how states are ranked and what helped UP secure second position.
Crux of the Matter
How Is The Ranking Done?
In the Ease of Doing Business index states are ranked on the basis of their performance and implementation of new reforms suggested by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). 187 reforms initiatives across 45 business regulatory areas like easy access to information, paying taxes, obtaining utility permits, contract enforcement, labor, and construction permit enablers, single-window approval systems, and land administration are taken into consideration.
Moreover, states need to upload evidence for verification. States need to provide at least 20 respondents from a list of users that would allow verifying the implementation of new reforms. The state’s performance is “exclusively” linked to user feedback, which means that only ground level and impactful reforms are taken into consideration via the feedback.
UP Aiming To Be First
UP had implemented 186 out of 187 reforms in 2019 and received 62,286 investor-feedbacks till July. Around 73% of users rated services as “satisfactory”. UP has also started implementing the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) 2020-21 reforms. So far it has implemented 170 reforms out of the 301 suggested. The state has also commenced ranking its 75 districts in ‘District-wise ease of doing business’. The state also aims to promote and impart transparency and best practices to business-to-government (B2G) interactive procedures.
Digitization The Key
Experts say digital integration played a major role. UP government launched the ‘Nivesh Mitra’ e-portal to facilitate various business processes. In the last two years, 94% of the ~2.3 lakh No Objection Certificate (NOC) applications processed through the portal. Nivesh Mitra portal resolved 98% of 18,120 grievances received.
UP is committed to the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Aatmanirbhar Bharat and making all efforts in this regard. UP achieving the second rank in the EoDB rankings is proof of that.
– Yogi Adityanath, UP Chief Minister
- Uttar Pradesh ranks first in domestic tourist arrivals among all states of India with more than 71 million visitors. Uttar Pradesh is a favoured tourist destination because of religious tourism and the three World Heritage Sites the state houses.
- The Yamuna Expressway which is between New Delhi to Agra, is one of the best highways in the country. In 2015, the state government started another expressway project between Agra to Lucknow which will reduce the journey time.
- Vibhuti Narayan Singh was the king of Benares, a city considered holy, located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He was the last king of the British governed Kingdom of Kashi.