Bihar, Delhi among states most difficult to do business in India

Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have scored more than 90%: Report

June 30, 2022 1:03 IST | India Infoline News Service

In the Center's assessment of states on the ease of doing business, seven areas — Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana — scored more than 90%, taking the top spot.

According to the Business Changes Action Plan (BRAP) 2020 report, these states took the lead in implementing a large number of reforms recommended by the Center to increase investor confidence and citizens' access to public services.

The application of BRAP, which represents advancements in digitalization, transparency, and investor confidence in the nation, has been used by the central government to rank states since 2015.

In contrast to past years, the government now favors a band of states that have completed roughly the same amount of reforms. Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Telangana had held the top three spots in the previous iteration of the yearly competition.

Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh are on the second list of states with scores of 80 to 90 percent. Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala, Rajasthan, and West Bengal are on the third list of states with a score of 50 to 80 percent. All of the union territories, including Bihar and Delhi, the national capital territory, scored under 50%.

The ranking aims to reward the states that did the greatest job of cutting red tape and gradually improving their business environment. "Significant change has occurred in the rankings. From an initial evaluation of the steps each state had done, through a combination of those actions and stakeholder input, to a current assessment that is entirely based on feedback "system," said Piyush Goyal, minister of commerce and industry.

According to the results of the most recent BRAP in 2019, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh are in the first place.

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