New Delhi: The Commerce and Industry Ministry is likely to release the next index to rank states and union territories (UTs) in terms of ease of doing business in March, a senior official said. “It will be released in February end or March. Due to elections, the release got delayed,” the official said.

The exercise is aimed at triggering competition among states to improve business climate in order to attract domestic and global investors.

State governments are taking several steps such as setting up single window system for approvals to improve ease of doing business. The parameters include construction permit, labour regulation, environmental registration, access to information, land availability and single window system.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in collaboration with the World Bank conducts an annual reform exercise for all states/UTs under the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP).

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