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Odisha aims best three positions in ease of doing business ranks

Thu, 16th Jun 2016 (Source:Times of India)

As Odisha eyes to be among best three positions in terms of ease of doing business, the state government on Thursday asked all departments to reveal the reforms they have done for facilitating investment opportunities in Odisha.

The World Bank along with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under Union ministry of commerce ranked Odisha 7th among all states in terms of ease of doing business in September, last year.

"We are making efforts to ease the process of doing business in Odisha for all categories of industries with special focus on small and medium enterprises as these industries have potential to create more employment," said industries secretary, Sanjeev Chopra after a meeting headed by chief secretary A P Padhi here.

Chopra said the DIPP has also suggested the state government to work on total 340 reform points of which the state government has already complied on 258 points. While water resources department recorded 100 per cent compliance to reform agenda, other departments like commercial tax, energy, labour and employees state insurance, industries and State Pollution Control Board complied around 90 per cent of the reform points.

"The chief secretary has asked all departments to upload the reforms in the department websites prominently. Besides, timelines set by the state government for granting statutory clearances would also be uploaded in the website for benefit of the investors," Chopra said.

The chief secretary on the occasion also directed all departments for wide publicity about implementation of reforms among investors. The state government recently unveiled the Odisha Industrial Development Plan (OIDP) with an aim to attract global investment in five focus sectors like agriculture and food processing, chemicals and petrochemicals, electronics, IT and IT-enabled services, textiles and downstream and ancillary industries.


The state government also launched e-Biz, an online portal to fast track hurdles in different departments and an online common inspection framework for assessment of industries that received accolades from industrialists and policy makers during the Make in India week held in February, last year. CM seeks details of projects status.


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