Encouraged by its performance in the ease of doing business, Odisha now seeks to strengthen its position and move to top three ranks by bringing in more reforms. Chairing a high level meeting at Secretariat today, Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik directed all concerned departments to implement the pending reforms by December 2015 and complete the next phase of reforms by February 2016.
The Chief Minister said, “I would like our state to be ranked amongst the top 3 states in the country with respect to Ease of Doing Business. All concerned Departments must learn from the good practices implemented by other states and expedite implementation of reforms”. The C.M. directed the Chief Secretary to monitor the implementation status of the reforms on a monthly basis, and the progress report should be sent to his office. The C.M. himself would review the progress every 2 months.
Focusing on the ground level implementation, the Chief Minister said, “It is important that these reforms are not just made on paper but also implemented by all concerned in true spirit. Industries Department should carry out a third-party assessment to ascertain the quality of implementation in the field.”
It may be noted here that in September 2015, Odisha was ranked at no.7 with 52.12 points in the ease of doing business among 32 states/union territories. In January, this year, the DIPP had shared 98 action points for business reforms to enable ease of doing business. Now there are 344 action points drafted for next phase of reforms. The State has performed relatively better in setting up business, allotment of land and obtaining construction permits, complying with environment procedure, tax procedures and carrying out inspections. Industry Secretary Shri Sanjeev Chopra highlighted the next phase of reforms requirements for Odisha. Commercial Tax Department, Energy Department, Labour Department, Housing & UD Department, Industries Department, Law Department, Pollution Control Board, Revenue and Disaster Management Department were asked to complete the next phase of reforms as early as possible.
Revenue and DM Minister Shri Bijayshree Routray, Industries Minister Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, Steel, Mines and Labour Minister Shri Prafulla Mallick, Housing and UD Minister Shri Puspendra Singh Deo, PR, Law Minister Shri Arun Kumar Sahoo, and Energy, IT Minister Shri Pranab Prakash Das were present in the meeting. Development Commissioner and other senior officers were also present
Ease of doing business: Odisha should aim for rank among top three states- CM