Andhra Pradesh Tops Statewise ‘Ease Of Doing Business’ Rankings Again
A worker walks along the dock as materials are unloaded from a ship at Krishnapatnam Port in Andhra Pradesh, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Andhra Pradesh Tops Statewise ‘Ease Of Doing Business’ Rankings Again

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Andhra Pradesh continues to be best state in India to start a business in, according to a report released by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday.

The state, governed by Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, has retained for the third straight year the top position in DPIIT’s statewise Ease of Doing Business rankings for 2019. Uttar Pradesh and Telangana were placed at second and third, respectively.

The Top-10 states by Ease of Doing Business in India are:

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Uttar Pradesh
  3. Telangana
  4. Madhya Pradesh
  5. Jharkhand
  6. Chhattisgarh
  7. Himachal Pradesh
  8. Rajasthan
  9. West Bengal
  10. Gujarat

Delhi's position improved to 12th from 23rd in the previous edition while Gujarat fell from 5th place in 2018. Haryana slid to 16th position in the latest ranking.

The states and union territories that continued to lag are Assam(20th), J&K (21st), Goa (24th), Bihar (26th) and Kerala (28th). Tripura was ranked at the bottom 36th.

While releasing the report, Sitharaman said that the rankings makes states and union territories a better place to do business. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said these rankings reflect the efforts that states are putting in to improve systems and processes. It is also a wake-up call for states that have slipped in the ranking, he said.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, in collaboration with the World Bank conducts the ‘ease of doing business’ exercise for all states and union territories under the Business Reform Action Plan. The BRAP 2018-19 includes 181 reform points covering 45 business regulatory areas such as access to information, single window system, labour, and environment.

In the World Bank's latest ‘Doing Business’ report, India rose 14 places to 63rd position.

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