Concerned over World Bank’s poor ranking for India, PM Modi asks babus in his govt to identify areas of improvement


Concerned over the World Bank report on ‘Ease of Doing Business,’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked all Chief Secretaries and secretaries in the central Govt to analyse areas where there was scope for improvement.

He referred to the World Bank’s report on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ during his monthly meeting of PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation), an ICT-based platform where he interacts directly with top officials of states to discuss implementation of programmes and schemes.

While talking about various reforms, Modi said those should extend to all departments of the government.

“Mentioning the World Bank s latest Report on Ease of Doing Business, the Prime Minister asked all Chief Secretaries and all Secretaries of the Government of India to study the report, and analyze the potential areas where there is scope for improvement in their respective departments and states,” a PMO statement said.

Modi asked for a report from all concerned in this regard within a month and asked the Cabinet Secretary to review the same thereafter, the statement added.

His instruction has come a day after the World Bank placed India at lowly 130 in the group of 190 countries in terms of ease of doing business.

India’s place remained unchanged from last year’s original ranking of 130 among the 190 economies that were assessed on various parameters. However, the last year’s ranking has been now revised to 131 from which the country has improved its place by one spot.

Expressing disappointment over no change in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s index on ease of doing business, Indian government regretted that the report did not take into consideration 12 key reforms undertaken by the government.

When it comes to ‘distance to frontier’ — a measurement of the gap between an economy’s performance and the best practice score of 100 — India’s score has improved to 55.27 this year from 53.93 last year.

India is the only country for which the report has a box dedicated to its ongoing economic reforms.

The list of countries in the Doing Business 2017 is topped by New Zealand while Singapore is ranked second. It is followed by Denmark, Hong Kong, South Korea, Norway, the UK, the US, Sweden and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.