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Ease of doing business: ‘Early-adopter’ Jharkhand comes from behind, takes 3rd place

Jharkhand is the only state that has complied 100 per cent with the suggested labour regulations.

With a 63.07 per cent score on the World Bank’s Ease of Biz assessment, Jharkhand has leapfrogged to the third position from almost the bottom of the list in late March.

Chief secretary Rajiv Gauba said that the findings of the report demonstrated, “What Jharkhand can do in a very short time.” He said that he was aware of the skepticism around his attempts to drag the state to the top of the charts. “….it is very satisfying to see these results. My colleagues rose to the occasion to prove that Jharkhand can realise its potential,” he said.

Gauba added that a conscious effort was made to focus on policy, procedures and regulatory processes in equal measure. “Even the application for cutting a tree is available online now.” The report lauds the state’s labour department. Its comprehensive workflow-based backend integrated portal that brings together all the services offered by the department has been listed under good practices.

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Jharkhand is the only state that has complied 100 per cent with the suggested labour regulations. Along with the portal, the department’s efforts at reforming the inspection regime is the subject of case studies: the report calls Jharkhand the clear leader in terms of labour inspection reforms, with a 72 per cent compliance rate against a national average of 19.45.

The report notes that the state has improved in four key areas — property registration, environmental clearances, commercial taxes and land allocation. What seems to be giving the state an edge is its online infrastructure — except land, key reforms in the three other areas have been online innovations. The foundations for these were laid in 2005 by current Trai chairman and former CS R S Sharma as the then-Secretary of the state’s Information Technology department. “I can say with confidence that Jharkhand, which was an early-adopter, is very, very ahead of other states in terms of providing online, real-time services,” said Sharma.

First published on: 15-09-2015 at 01:38:58 am
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