Telangana to Compete with AP in 'Ease of Doing Business'

Chief secretary Rajiv Sharma holds a meeting with officials ssto review World Bank’s  questionnaire

Published: 14th November 2015 06:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2015 06:41 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government is bracing to compete with its sibling, Andhra Pradesh, for a good rank in World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’.

Despite its best efforts to introduce seamless single-window clearance system for new industries, Telangana ranked 16th in the recent World Bank report while  AP ranked second in ease of doing business.

State officials have started efforts to iron out minor issues, if any, to get good ranking next time. Towards that goal, chief secretary Rajiv Sharma held a detailed review meeting here on Friday.

Sharma had a thorough discussion on the World Bank’s questionnaire.

The World Bank sent 340 questions, out of which close to 117 questions pertain to the factories and labour department, according to sources.

The ill-preparedness by the factories and labour department resulted in the stae being ranked lower.

The industries department has already introduced the single-window system and the factories and labour department too will introduce online system like online inspections and others.

All the related websites will be linked to TS-iPASS portal, the sources said.

In its 340 questions, the World Bank has recommended to the industries and commerce department to ensure that the incentives enunciated in the Industrial Policy are provided as a service through the online single-window system in a manner that allows online application, payments, tracking of status and approvals. This system is already in place in Telangana.

On availability of land, the WB suggested to the government to design and implement a geographical information system (GIS) providing details about the land earmarked for industrial use and also ensure that the GIS provides details about available infrastructure such as roads and water.

The state government is also gearing up for this.  With the implementation of these  single-window hassle-free measures, the state is sure to get good ranking in future in the matter of ease of doing business.


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