Ease of doing business: Kejriwal government claims credit for improved ranking

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Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government on Wednesday claimed that that the steps taken by it in the national capital had played a “vital role” in improving India’s ranking on the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ index.

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “It is a proud moment for us that country has improved 30 ranks to 100th in ‘ease of doing business’ in World Bank’s report. Delhi has played a vital role in this.”

Sisodia also took a potshot at the Centre’s Narendra Modi government while asking it to not hamper his government’s works for one year on an “experimental basis” which will result in improvement of India’s ranking worldwide in other sectors like education and health.

“In the last two years, doing business has been easier in Delhi. Getting an industry licence has been simple with online facility. Applicants can get the licence within a day,” Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, was quoted by PTI.

He added, “If the Delhi government works, there is eradication of inspector-raj, progress in business…If Delhi government works, you (Centre) get the credit and the name of the country is shines.”

Sisodia’s remarks came a day after the World Bank said that India had jumped 30 spots to No. 100 in its rankings for ease of doing business. The PM and his administration say it’s because of structural reforms like GST that the country is progressing quickly and landing record foreign investment.

However, the Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday said in Gujarat that the Modi government had destroyed the ease of doing business in India.

Addressing a rally in Bharuch, he said, “The entire country will shout and say ease of doing business is absent, you have destroyed it, your demonetisation and GST have ruined it.”

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