Ease of doing business ranking 2019: Andhra Pradesh retains top position; UP, Telangana grab second, third places

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Aatma Nirbhar Bharat is not for making India inward-looking, but to build on our strengths, one of the ways in which we can become more competitive, Sitharaman said

Andhra Pradesh has maintained the top position in ease of doing business ranking 2019. Uttar Pradesh and Telangana shared second and third positions in the list.

The ranking of states is based on implementation of Business Reform Action Plan for the year 2019 and the Commerce and Industry Ministry released the ranking on Saturday.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and Cabinet Minister Hardeep Singh Puri were present at the event.

“I congratulate top three states – Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana – for consistently taking reform steps. I am sure this competition is only going to get healthier, more reforms will come in the times to come,” said Sitharaman after the announcement of the winners.

Uttar Pradesh from North India, Andhra Pradesh from South India, West Bengal from East India, Madhya Pradesh from West India and Assam from North East India topped the ranking. Among Union Territories, Delhi bagged the top spot.

The finance minister further said that Aatma Nirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India would lead to greater export competitiveness, better pricing and quality of exports, which show the Indian skill of making things to perfection.

“Aatma Nirbhar Bharat is not for making India inward-looking, but to build on our strengths, one of the ways in which we can become more competitive,” she said.

Goyal said that this ranking was based on implementation of business reform action plan.

“The Centre 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,” the commerce minister said.

He praised the spirit of self-reliance during the COVID-19 pandemic and said that it will help the nation emerge stronger.

“Covid-19 has impacted all countries but the nation will emerge stronger due to PM Modi’s call for a self reliant India. The nation will be able to play a more assertive role on the global stage,” Goyal said.

India’s steadfast 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, he added.

“If a state has a high ranking, it does not mean it is superior to others in any way. Efforts put in by all states count,” the minister said.

The results were to be announced in March and it had to be delayed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent national lockdowns.

“We are looking at a digital platform where all central, state and local approvals get captured on a single website through a single payment gateway, thereby further improving ease of doing business,” Goyal said.

The minister said that the government identified 24 products in partnership with industry and is confident of adding at least Rs 20 lakh crore manufacturing output in the next five years. This will create jobs, expand economic activity and will lead the way towards India's rightful place, he added.

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