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Srinagar, July 10: Jammu & Kashmir is again lagging behind at rank 22 in India’s Ease of Doing Business Index of 2017. 

In 2016, it was again at rank 22. While a number of business reform actions have been taken by J&K state since 2016, the 2017 ranking would come as a disappointment to many who were expecting a better ranking for J&K this year.

Andhra Pradesh has topped the index , ahead of the industrialised states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

The good performing states have been categorised as  “Top Achievers”, “Achievers” and “Fast Movers.” Jammu & Kashmir is not among any of the three categories and has been listed in the category of “Aspirers”.

J&K’s neigboring state of Himachal Pradesh has been categorised as “Fast Mover”.

The “Aspirers” category includes states like Meghalaya, Lakshwadeep, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mizoram, Chandigarh, Nagaland, Puducherry, Delhi, Kerala, Tripura and others.

The “reform evidence score” is allotted on the basis of 372 recommendations for reforms on regulatory processes, policies, practices and procedures spread across 12 reform areas.

In this year’s edition of rankings, DIPP carried out a comprehensive business-to-government (B2G) feedback exercise, where feedback was taken from businesses on the quality of implementation of the reforms claimed by the states.

J&K’s disappointing ranking with no improvement over the previous year’s ranking would raise a lot of uncomfortable questions about the pace and the quality of reform process in the state in ease of doing business.

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