Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman|Twitter file
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Assam slips down; Manipur among 'top improvers' in ease of doing business rankings

Mizoram is at 25th position in state business reforms action plan-2019 (BRAP-2019)

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Guwahati: Assam moves down from 17th position in 2018 to 20th position in 2019 while Mizoram is at 25th position in the state business reforms action plan-2019 (BRAP-2019), representing ease of doing business for Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Manipur also features in the ‘top improvers’ list for moving up four positions from 33 to 29.

In a virtual event chaired by union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the rankings were announced by the Department of Industrial Promotion and Internal Trade (DPIIT). Union minister of commerce Piyush Goyal, cabinet minister Hardeep Puri and all state industries ministers were present at the event.

Andhra Pradesh held onto its top position out of the 36 states, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Telangana. In the list of top improvers from 2015, Himachal Pradesh tops the list by making a leap of 10 positions.

“The central government has been making efforts to streamline business regulation through a single-window system, labour law reforms, reforms in Disputes Act etc., to make doing business quick and economical,” union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Ranking states based on the implementation of Business Reform Action Plan was started in the year 2015.The Business Reform Action Plan 2018-19 includes 180 reform points covering 12 business regulatory areas such as Access to Information, Single Window System, Labour, Environment, etc

"The central government has been making efforts to streamline business regulation through a single-window system, labour law reforms, reforms in Disputes Act etc. to make doing business quick and economical," said union commerce minister Piyush Goyal.

Quoting the World Bank's ranking for Ease of Doing Business, he said, "India’s commitment to reforms is evident from the steady climb from 142nd rank in 2014 to 63rd rank in 2019 in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Ranking."

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Union finance minister Nirmala SitharamanTwitter

“India is seen taking the reform process seriously which showed when foreign direct investment in the country increased even during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some states have shown extraordinary energy in putting together action plans and making sure that reforms happen. States have embraced the true spirit behind the State Business Reforms Action Plan" said finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman after the release of the rankings.

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