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State Aims for Top 3 Rank in Business Ease

Sat, 19th Mar 2016 (Source:The New Indian Express)

After achieving seventh position in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ indices at national level, Odisha is making all out efforts to improve its ranking and be among the first three States.

Chairing a high-level review meeting in the Secretariat on Saturday, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi directed departments concerned to expedite the implementation of remaining reform agenda. Timeline was set for compliance to each of the action points.

Compliance to reform agenda of Commercial Tax, Energy, Labour and Employees’ State Insurance, Industries, Law, Revenue and Disaster Management, State Pollution Control Board, Water Resources, Housing and Urban Development departments was reviewed. It was found that about 70 per cent of the reform agenda was achieved.

Some of the departments like Water Resources, Forest and Environment, Industries and Commercial Tax have achieved more than 87 per cent of their target.

Of 340 reform points suggested for making the process of doing business more facilitative and proactive, 30 points are not applicable for the State, official sources said.

So far, around 225 action points have been complied with. The Chief Secretary directed the departments to expedite implementation of remaining actionable points and ensure 100 per cent compliance within the scheduled time. A majority of the action points has been scheduled for compliance within March 31.

According to a recent World Bank assessment, Bhubaneswar is ranked third best city in the country to do business.

This has been also reflected in the latest mobile app of ‘Odisha New Opportunities’ launched by the Industries Department.

It was decided at the meeting that State updates would be uploaded regularly in the central web portal on ease of doing business for reflecting Odisha’s competitive position at national level.

The State Government has recently launched an ‘e-Biz’ portal with an aim to minimise physical interfaces and give approvals online to the investors.

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