Centre un­happy at ease of do­ing busi­ness in states

Kant says New Delhi will name and shame poor per­form­ers

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The Centre has said a ma­jor­ity of states have fallen be­hind on ease of do­ing busi­ness de­spite its push for im­prove­ment in that front. Ad­dress­ing a con­clave of chief sec­re­taries, or­gan­ised by the PHD Cham­ber on Satur­day, Min­is­ter of State in the PMO Ji­ten­dra Singh said de­spite proac­tive poli­cies by the Centre’s on both so­cial and economic fronts, most states had failed to act on it ac­cord­ing to New Delhi’s as­pi­ra­tions.

The Centre has said a ma­jor­ity of states have fallen be­hind on ease of do­ing busi­ness de­spite its push for im­prove­ment. Ad­dress­ing a con­clave of chief sec­re­taries or­gan­ised by the PHD Cham­ber on Satur­day, Min­is­ter of State in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice Ji­ten­dra Singh said de­spite proac­tive poli­cies by the Centre on both so­cial and economic fronts, most states have failed to act on it ac­cord­ing to New Delhi’s as­pi­ra­tions.

As a re­sult, only a few of them have been ac­knowl­edged as in­vest­ment and in­vestors friendly states, he said, say, for ex­am­ple, Maharashtra.

Singh asked the top bu­reau­cracy that was present on the oc­ca­sion from across states to take note of it and be in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing about trans­for­ma­tional changes in ease of do­ing busi­ness in their re­spec­tive states. He ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over poorer im­prove­ments on ease of do­ing busi­ness in states. The is­sue of ease of do­ing busi­ness has not been picked up with re­quired pace by a vast num­ber of states and Union Ter­ri­to­ries. The bu­reau­cracy and the polity need to pull up their socks on this front, he said.

Im­prove­ment in ease of do­ing busi­ness would help states and UTs at­tract in­vest­ments and cre­ate jobs, as economic ac­tiv­i­ties would got up, and help the Make in In­dia pro­gramme.

NITI Aayog Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Amitabh Kant pointed out that In­dia would have to grow at the rate of 9-10 per cent for three decades to emerge as a lead­ing global econ­omy. For this, he said, states would have to im­prove ease of do­ing busi­ness. Or else, the Centre would name and shame them for their poor per­for­mance.

Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Sec­re­tary Ra­jiv Ku­mar said the state gov­ern­ment would turn its phys­i­cal sec­re­tar­iat into e-sec­re­tar­iat from Jan­uary 2018 for faster fa­cil­i­ta­tion of in­dus­trial pro­pos­als and to en­sure quicker im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Sec­re­tary Sakun­tala Gam­lin said the faster in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment be­ing im­ple­mented in the state should soon draw in­vestors’ at­ten­tion. Pun­jab In­dus­tries and Com­merce Sec­re­tary Rakesh Ku­mar Verma dis­closed that a skill univer­sity would come up in the state to pro­vide train­ing to its youth, in line with what is hap­pen­ing across the world.

Eas­ing busi­ness pro­cess­ing has been a pri­or­ity for this gov­ern­ment. In Au­gust, a sur­vey by the NITI Aayog and IDFC In­sti­tute had said it takes 118 days on an av­er­age to set up a busi­ness in In­dia.

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