Center BRAP 2020 places Assam in contender category

Guwahati: Assam was kept in the Aspirers category, while Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura were placed in the Emerging Business Ecosystems category.

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced the assessment of States/UTs under the Trade Reform Action Plan (BRAP) 2020, the 5th edition of the BRAP exercise in New Delhi.

The broader goal is to build investor confidence, foster a business-friendly climate, and increase the ease of doing business across the country by introducing an element of healthy competition through a state rating system. based on their performance in implementing enterprise reform action. To plan.

BRAP 2020 includes 301 reform points covering 15 areas of business regulation such as access to information, single window system, labor, environment, land administration and transfer of land and property, utility and other permits.

118 new reforms have been included to further strengthen the reform process. Sectoral reforms with 72 action points spread across 9 sectors, namely business licensing, healthcare, legal metrology, movie theatres, hospitality, firefighters, telecoms, film shooting and tourism, were introduced for the first time to broaden the scope of the reform programme.

No feedback could be obtained for Sikkim, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh due to insufficient user data.

Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are the top performers based on implementation of trade reform action plan. Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are in the Performers category.

While Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala, Rajasthan and West Bengal were categorized as Aspirers, Andaman & Nicobar, Bihar, Chandigarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Puducherry and Tripura have been categorized as emerging business ecosystems.

The announcements were made in the presence of Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Trade and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Anurag Jain, Secretary of DPIIT, and senior officials in state administration and UT.

Speaking after the release of the assessment report, Sitharaman said the nature of the reforms had changed since 1991. “Ongoing reforms are reactive reforms. Unlike the 1991 reforms, which were entrusted to us for implementation, there are no longer any constraints today. The goal is to see what will bring out the improvement in systems and ensure a better life for us. A nudge element has been introduced in each layer of government. The nudging cannot be done by government alone and industry has a big role to play,” said the finance minister.

She appreciated the changes made to the implementation assessment framework under the Trade Reform Action Plan over the years.

Speaking at the event, Piyush Goyal stated that the assessment has changed from evidence-based assessment to 100% feedback in a multilingual format. He said the purpose of this BRAP exercise is to instill a culture of learning best practices from everyone and improving the business climate in every state/UT with a unified goal for India to become a destination for business. preferred investment around the world.

“When the Prime Minister gave impetus in 2014 to improving the ease of doing business, one of its major focuses was that if we work internationally to improve our ranking, we must involve all stakeholders, including states and UTs, in our effort to get them on board so people really feel the difference and the change in their ecosystem, which will lead to ease of living,” Goyal said.

“The process started in 2014 has begun to bear fruit gradually. Rather than being limited to a few areas, a few cities and a few companies, we see the ease of doing business reflected across the country through the spirit of competitive federalism and also collaboration,” added the Minister of Commerce and Of the industry.

DPIIT Secretary Anurag Jain said the difference between different states/UTs was so small that it did not make sense to categorize them, but rather to categorize them into different categories.

Unlike previous years, this year states have been categorized into all four categories viz. Top Achievers, Achievers, Aspirers and Emerging Business Ecosystems. The goal is not to create a hierarchy but an enabling framework in which learnings can be shared across States/UTs.

The evaluation gives full weight to feedback obtained from actual users/respondents in the field.

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