HP improves indicators for ‘ease in doing business’


    Himachal Pradesh Government which was charged by the Opposition parties for failing to generate employments and attract industries in the hill state today claimed that it has work relentlessly to improvise the existing hard indicators for facilitating of doing business. A spokesperson of Industries Department said today that while evaluating the State on 98 points by Industrial Policy and Expansion Department, Government of India during September, 2015, Himachal had attained a score of 23.95 percent.


    Though it was the beginning of simplification of procedures of business in any State and Government had laid emphasis on simplifying the rules for attracting industrial investment. He said that it was inappropriate to question the ranking of Himachal Pradesh in ‘ease of doing business’ sector. He said that the Central Government had again sent 340 points business reforms action plan 2016 to the States and Himachal Pradesh taking immediate steps had improved its score to 65.48 percent with the coordination of line departments although the State again was placed at 17th rank. He said that the work on this procedure would however continue more consistently.


    The Spokesperson said that Government had successfully implemented  220 points out of 340 points which comprises environment, labour, construction rules, tax related reforms etc. and the progress on remaining points was in process. He said that the Chief Secretary was monitoring this process personally and a review meeting in this regard would soon be held under chairmanship of the Chief Minister. He said that in future all the permissions of various departments would be provided through single online web portal in coordination with the Industries Department so that investors do not waste their time for getting permissions.


    He hoped that the State would certainly improve its ranking in next evaluation. However simplification of procedures was a continuous process which would gain momentum with the active cooperation and suggestions of entrepreneurs and industrial associations, he added.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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