Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh, for the third consecutive year, has topped the Central government's Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) ranking list with a score of 97.89%. Other states that topped the list include Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, and Telangana. The Ease of Doing Business initiative was launched by the Central department for the promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) and the World Bank. Introduced in 2015 and termed 'Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP)', it served as a significant guiding force for states to introduce major regulatory, process, and transparency reforms.
This is the third time that AP has ranked first in EoDB with 301 reforms. In 2019-2020, Andhra Pradesh ranked no. 1 with 187 reforms and again it topped the list in 2017-18 with 372 reforms. The scores were given based on studying 25 departments.
Since the ranking of the state is based on the entrepreneur's/service provider's perception, which is largely influenced by the last known interaction with the government or any department, the Andhra Pradesh government has initiated a number of measures to improve the perception of investors in the state.
Business Reform Action Plan
DPIIT released the final version of BRAP 2020-21 reform framework on 2 November 2020 for the states to implement. DPIIT recommended 301 reforms as part of BRAP 2020. They are divided into 'General' (197) and 'Specific' (104) categories for the purpose of the survey. Specific reforms are ones where users can be identified and subsequently respond to the survey such as factory license, etc. General reforms are reforms intended to facilitate services such as the public service guarantee Act. Each specific reform is allotted points. The total marks that can be scored in the feedback survey is 534.