Andhra Pradesh tops 'ease of doing business' ranking, Telangana comes 2nd

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. File

Though the reform evidence score of Andhra Pradesh (99.73%) was lower than Telangana and Jharkhand, which scored a flawless 100%, its user feedback score at 86.5% was the highest among all states, helping it top the Business Reform Action Plan ranking conducted by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

Telangana and Haryana are at the second and third positions, respectively, according to a statement issued by DIPP.

States have been ranked on how well they implement business reforms - as many as 405 recommendations were set out by the government last year - and last year Telangana and Jharkand came out at the head of the class.

The parameters included areas such as construction permits, labour regulation, environmental registration, access to information, land availability, and "fast-tracked" approvals via the single window system.

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Other states that made it to the top 10 were Jharkhand, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan.

Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep and Meghalaya took the bottom ranks.

The assessment under the BRAP 2017 is based on a combined score consisting of reform evidence score that is based on evidence uploaded by States/UTs and feedback score that is based on response garnered from the actual users of the services provided to the businesses. The ministry released the latest ranking of states and UTs under the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP), 2017.

In 2017, nine states achieved a combined score of more than 95% while six states achieved a combined score between 90-95%. The index aims to create a competitive environment for states to attract investments and improve their business climate, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion said.

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