- Recently the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has released the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) ranking, which is based on the Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) Report, 2020.
- Promote ease of doing business to encourage investors and ease of doing business across the country through a healthy competitive environment through a system of assessing states based on their performance in the BRAP.
- The parameters include various areas, such as construction permits, labor regulation, and environmental registration, access to information, land availability and single window system.
Ease of Doing Business:
- Seven states – Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Telangana and Tamil Nadu – were classified as ‘Top Achievers’ in the Ease of Doing Business ranking of states and union territories.
- Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh are the other states classified as achievers in the ranking.
Emerging Business Ecosystem:
- Six states – Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir – were ’emerging trading ecosystems’.
- Seven states- Goa, Assam, Kerala, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bengal have been classified as ‘aspirational’ districts.
- It was launched in the year 2015.
- It is based on the Ease of Doing Business Index (BRAP).
- It was introduced to encourage a healthy competition among the states.
- This will help in attracting investment and ease of doing business in each state.
- The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has been assessing the performance of States/UTs since 2014 on the basis of their implementation of the reforms laid down in the BRAP exercise.
- So far, the estimates of States/UTs for the years 2015, 2016, 2017-18, 2019 and 2022 have been released.
- The report includes 301 improvement points that cover 15 business regulatory areas such as access to information, single window systems, labour, environment, sectoral reforms and other reforms spanning the life cycle of a specific business.
- For the first time, sectoral reforms have been introduced in BRAP 2020, in which 72 reforms have been identified in 9 sectors namely- Trade License, Healthcare, Legal Metrology, Cinema Hall, Hospitality, Fire NOC, Telecom, Movie Shooting and Tourism.