NEW DELHI: State governments have urged the Centre to reduce the action points for reforms to a doable number for this year’s ease of doing business ranking, raising issues with the agenda drawn up by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). After cutting the number of action points to less than 300, the department had introduced sub-points, taking the total to nearly 680 reforms.
In contrast, last year states had to implement 340 reforms and the rankings were based on the outcome achieved. The DIPP, while stressing that it had brought down the number of reforms, had gone for a deeper dive into every individual action point. This nearly doubled the work for states this year. “States have conveyed that it would not be possible to implement so many reforms within a few months… We are still finalising the final set of reforms,” said a senior government official.