Tuesday 20 October 2020

Ease of doing business: Yogi pulls UP up 10 places to 2nd spot

In a big boost to the Yogi Adityanath government, Uttar Pradesh jumped 10 places to occupy the second spot in the ease of doing business ranking of states released today. According to the annual ranking released by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) today, Andhra Pradesh retained the top spot for the third time in a row. Telangana slipped one place to settle in the third position.

“Uttar Pradesh occupying the second spot in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking is proof of the state’s push for fulfiling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat,” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted shortly after the release of the rankings.

On 10 August, Yogi had been ranked the best chief minister in the result of a nationwide survey.

In a series of tweets from its official handle, the Uttar Pradesh government highlighted various reasons behind its marked improvement in the rankings. It said its performance indicated that entrepreneurs were receiving the benefits of reforms implemented by the chief minister. “UP has left several leading states like Gujarat, Telangana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra etc. behind in this ease of doing business rankings,” it said.

The state government tweeted that it had implemented 186 out of the 187 reforms for the ease of doing business the DPIIT had suggested. It said the reforms were spread across several areas such as labour regulation, online single window, access to information & transparency, land administration, construction permit, commercial disputes, inspection enablers etc.

“More than 20 departments such as Invest UP (Udyog Bandhu), Labour dept., Pollution Control Board, Commercial Tax, Power, Stamp & registration, IDAS, Excise, Food safety & drug and many others were part of this journey in implementing these reforms,” the state government tweeted.

The Yogi-led government said it had successfully introduced various IT-driven modules to make the state business-friendly. It listed “Nivesh Mitra” as one of the major reasons behind the second spot in the ease of doing business ranking. ‘Nivesh Mitra’ is a single-window platform that was launched during the UP Investors Summit in 2018.

“In a period of 2 years, ‘Nivesh Mitra’ received around 2,29,936 No-objection Certificates (NoCs) applications, out of which Nivesh Mitra has already disposed-of 94% applications to grant NOC/Licenses to entrepreneurs,” it said.

“Maximum approval of BRAP 19 reforms and Higher User feedback satisfaction record on Nivesh Mitra portal have played a critical role in achieving this remarkable milestone for UP,” Additional Chief Secretary in the Infrastructure & Industrial Development Alok Kumar said to explain the ease of doing business in the state is now remarkable.

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