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Odisha ranks 11th among states in implementation of business reforms

Tue, 01st Nov 2016 (Source:The New Indian Express )

The latest Ease of Doing Business report unveiled by the Centre on Monday has showed that Odisha has gained ground by making business easier and hassle-free for investors. The State has notched up at least 92.73 per cent overall score by registering a 40 per cent jump over the figures for 2015.

From an 'Aspiring Leader' last year, Odisha is now recognised as a 'Leader' in terms of implementation of business reforms in the country and ranks 11th among the States, on par with Maharashtra.

The State unfurled a slew of business reforms in the last one year which are seen as key drivers for the improved performance. The Central Inspection Framework for industries and integration of business-related services with eBiz online platform is one such practice which has given a serious boost to the industrial environment in the State.

The first-of-its-kind framework brings in transparent, computerised and synchronised inspections for industries simultaneously by Labour Directorate, Directorate of Factories and Boilers and Odisha State Pollution Control Board. The portal is designed to leverage technology for computerised risk-based selection of industries and random allocation of inspectors. 

The inspected industries have option to login to the system and view the final inspection reports within 48 hours of completion of the inspection. This framework was showcased by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion as a best practice in the country during Monday's function where State rankings were released by Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The integration of business related services with eBiz portal, online G2B portal of the Centre was undertaken to enable online application for industrial clearances. The system allows online application, payment, tracking of approval status as well as options to download the final signed approval certificate and NOCs. 

The GO iPLUS, a GIS-based land bank system for all industrial land in Odisha, has also come up for appreciation as it provides all required details related to existing industries in the State such as major raw materials used and finished products produced.

Other reforms including exemption of green category industries from consent management, self-certification under various labour and environmental laws, issue of certificates and licences for a longer duration with provisions for auto-renewal and reduced frequency of departmental inspections based on third party empanelled audit reports also helped Odisha grab more points.

To ensure ground level efficiency of reforms, the Government has also launched a third party assessment to check implementation and usage by industries and awareness levels amongst industrial units. The objective, Industries Department said, is to ensure that the reform measures benefit industries beyond issuance of only paper notifications.

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