Rajasthan has continuously featured among the top States in Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) index and is now a top achiever in the category, writes Elets News Network (ENN).
With the country moving towards the next league and providing a greater push to easing the business environment for new and existing investors, Rajasthan is moving ahead with various reforms in this direction.
The State, being geographically positioned near the growth centre of the country, with adequate policy and regulatory framework, is poised to attract investments and generate employment opportunities for its people.
The State with many of its investor-friendly statutes like The Rajasthan Enterprise Single Window Enabling and Clearance Act, 2011 and The Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act, 2011 has enabled granting all business clearances through one window in a time-bound manner. The Single Window Clearance System of Rajasthan has been recognised with the Skoch Smart e-Governance award in Gold Category in 2017. The Single Window System offers interactive system to identify approvals required for setting up and starting of business operations, easy access to all information on procedure, timelines, Combined Application Form (CAF) for approvals and a Centralised help- line number to facilitate queries.
Ranking Improvement: Proof in the Pudding
Rajasthan, for past three years has continuously featured among the top States in Ease of Doing Business index of DPIIT (formerly known as DIPP), Government of India. It is a State ranking index comprising various reform points such as Single Window System, Land registration, Construction permits, Commercial Courts, electricity connections, licenses and approvals from Labour, Factory & Boilers and Pollution Control Board among others.
The State has been recognised as ‘Aspiring Leader’ in 2015; Moved to ‘Leader Category’ in 2016 and ‘Top Achievers’ in 2017 and the reforms implementation score increased from 61.04% in 2015 to 96.43% in 2016 and 95.70% in 2017 in DPIIT’s Ease of Doing Business index.
The rankings are the reflection of various reforms undertaken by all departments concerned of the Government of Rajasthan. Besides developing online system for requisite approvals, we have implemented other measures such as the Pollution Control Board exempted 47 types of industries (White Category) from CTE and CTO, providing simplified consent for 88 types of industries (Green Category). The labour Department undertakes no inspection for registration under the Shops and Establishment Act, instituted online filing of single integrated return under all Labour Laws etc. For easing inspections, the Departments have instituted computerised inspection system based on risk.
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The Rajasthan now has specialized Commercial Court established in eight districts and specialised Commercial Appellate Division Bench constituted in High Court Jaipur and Jodhpur for dealing with the commercial matters.
It is said that the proof of the pudding is in the eating it, The Government has taken active steps to make stakeholders aware about the reforms being undertaken and facilitated active use of the reforms. The challenges of investors are being addressed. The Government is also taking up big steps to move to the next level of Ease of Doing Business resolve. New statutes and revamped systems are being worked upon. This shall greatly ease doing business in Rajasthan.
The State has clearly defined land allotment procedures, all requisite business clearances being given in defined time, peaceful labour relations and excellent law and order situation. All these efforts are making Rajasthan an investors’ friendly destination.