Rajasthan set to be No. 2 state in ease of doing business


Rajasthan is leading the charts to emerge as the No. 2 state in the country in ease of doing business index after Uttarakhand, as per the latest status of the ranking which is on the last leg of preparation. In 2015, while the desert state ranked 6th, Gujarat topped the list prepared by World Bank for the Centre.

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Revealing the ranking here, chief minister Vasundhara Raje said that as per the cut-off date of September 15, Rajasthan is ranked at the second position. "We expect to be there at No. 2 position when the rankings are finally announced. The industry needs to leverage these advantages," said Raje while speaking at the Laghu Udyog Bharati's industrial fair.

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under the commerce ministry runs an online portal to track real-time rankings of states on the basis of number of reforms undertaken by them. Ajitabh Sharma, commissioner of industries, said that out of the 338 points, the state has been assessed on 307 parameters and has secured 90.56% only to be trailed by Uttarakhand's score of 91.45%.

In order to finalise and release its report "Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms" for 2016, DIPP had recently extended the window for re-submission of clarifications from states till September 30, and the rankings will be released after that.

While last year, the states were ranked on 98 parameters covering reforms in business and industrial approvals and clearances, this year the criteria has been raised to 338 points. Reforms in areas like single-window clearances, availability of land, environment registrations, construction permits, and access to information and transparency mechanisms has put Rajasthan ahead of most of the states in the country.

Speaking on the improving business climate in the state, Raje said that Jaipur has also become the No. 2 destination in country for attracting investments after Ahmedabad.

"Ernst & Young's attractiveness survey has found Jaipur as the second most attractive place in the country for investments," said Raje. Listing out the emerging cities for investment, Ernst & Young report said that proximity to Delhi and investor-friendly policies in the state make Jaipur an attractive destination for foreign investors.

"As infrastructure in the National Capital Region becomes saturated, the 250km corridor between Jaipur and Delhi is increasingly becoming a hot spot making Jaipur a favourite among first-time investors, particularly in telecom and IT-enabled services," the report added.

Raje also drew attention to the progress made in Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, 39% of which covers Rajasthan. "Under DMIC, while Khushkheda, Bhiwadi-Neemrana has been declared as investment region, Jodhpur-Pali-Marwar will be converted into a national manufacturing zone," added Raje.