Intellectual Thoughts by Sanjay Panda !!!!!: India's big leap in World Bank's Ease of Doing Business rankings


Sunday, November 4, 2018

India's big leap in World Bank's Ease of Doing Business rankings


India leapfrogged to the 77th rank in the World Bank's latest Ease of Doing Business rankings, jumping 23 notches from last  year.    This is a  significant achievement  in short term  as India has improved its rank by 53 positions in the last two years, and 65 positions in the last four years (2014-18)

In    dealing with construction permits, India has implemented an online single window system, introduced deemed approvals and reduced the cost for obtaining these permits. In the electricity sector, the time taken for obtaining a new connection has reduced from 105 to 55 days. For resolving insolvency, India has put in place a new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and time bound reorganization procedure for corporate debtors. 

India did make starting a business easier by integrating multiple application forms into a general incorporation form. It enforced GST, for which the registration process is faster. Abolishing in Mumbai  the practice of site inspection   under the Shops  & establishing act.

As many nations have cut down on procedures to improve their rankings, India needs to make   further drastic changes to rank higher. World Bank factors in cost of starting a business as a percentage of income per capita. India’s low income per capita makes the cost look higher





In the World Bank Group’s annual ease of doing business rankings, the top 10 economies are New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark, which retain their first, second and third spots, respectively, for a second consecutive year, followed by Hong Kong SAR, China; Republic of Korea; Georgia; Norway; United States; United Kingdom and FYR Macedonia.

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