Ease Of Doing Business

 

Ease of Doing Business (EoDB), an index published by the World Bank is a benchmark study of the regulations across different Countries of the World. It is an aggregate figure that includes different parameters which define the Ease of Doing Business in a country. According to the World Bank's ‘Doing Business 2015 - 2016' index, India stands at 130 out of 189 countries in the Ease of Doing Business ranking. In this context, Government of India (GoI) had decided to formulate strategies and steps towards creating an enabling framework for stimulating investments and growth across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.

 

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), GoI had laid emphasis on simplification and rationalization of the existing rules and introduction of information technology to make governance more efficient, effective, simple and user-friendly. Govt. of India (GoI) has been ranking States based on the Ease of Doing Business and also in getting timely clearances. The States had been ranked based on the parameters that include ease in setting up a business, registration of property, labour compliances, infrastructure availability, finance and tax issues, inspection reforms and ease in exiting business. Kerala is in the 20th position in the EoDB ranking of States done by DIPP, GoI during the year 2016-'17.

 

Government of Kerala (GoK) has decided to undertake reforms to help place the State on an equal footing amongst other top ranked States and identified specific areas for improvement in various aspects of doing business in the State. The key areas identified  are i) Registration, ii) Revenue iii) Municipality Building Rules iv) Panchayat Building Rules v) Survey and Land Records, where speedy reformations required for making a more conducive atmosphere for starting business. It was also decided to adopt the best practices of other States to improve the ease of doing business in the State.

 

KSIDC is the nodal agency of the State to carry out the EoDB initiatives.KSIDC has done a study on the modification / amendments to be made in the concerned Rules and Regulations related to clearance procedures in the State. The final report containing the recommendations for modification in the respective Acts and Rules was approved by the Cabinet and an Ordinance published by Govt. of Kerala on 20.10.2017.

 

Also, based on the recommendations of the report, Government is implementing  an online single window clearance mechanism (SWIFT) including online Common Application Form (CAF), unifying the applications of the concerned departments/agencies with online payment provision, for speedy disposal of clearances in the State have been introduced.

 

Government of Kerala have taken earnest and proactive steps to improve the business environment in the State. The amendments / modification made as a part of the Ease of Doing Business initiativeswill create an enabling environment for establishing, running and winding up enterprises in the State.