Hyderabad: The state of Andhra Pradesh retained its top position, with a score of 98.42 percent, in ease
of doing business, according to World Bank and Department of Industries rankings. Telangana state,
which stood at number one in the previous scoreboard, slipped one position and is second with a score of
98.33%. However, the difference in the rate of growth between the two Telugu speaking states is
0.9%. Haryana stood third.
Nine states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Telangana state, Haryana, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh Madhya
Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, were judged on “reform evidence score” and “feedback score”. In the reform
evidence, the parameters judged were: construction permit, labour regulation, environmental registration,
access to information, land availability and single window system.
While feedback is based on response garnered from the actual users of the services provided to the
business. AP secured 99.73% in reform evidence and 86.50% in feedback, a total of 98.42%, while TS
score a straight 100% in reform but lost points in feedback with 83.95%, a total of 98.33%.
DIPP in collaboration with the World Bank conducts an annual reform exercise for all the state /UT
under the Business Reform action plan (BRAP). A large number of states have made significant progress
in reforms suggested in BRAP 2017 However, businessmen said TS has made progress. “The state missed the
top slot by just 0.9% which is avoidable also in the feedback column, however it scored 100% in the new
initiatives that the state government has introduced to ease the way business is done. Numbers prove TS
has seen an enormous growth,” said Anil Kumar, a businessman.