A day after the World Bank said India barely improved its ranking on the ease of doing business, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said her ministry will engage states even more aggressively to better communicate reforms initiated by the government and to figure out how best they can reach intended beneficiaries.
“Now, it is important for us to interact with states even more to quickly identify many such things which are important so that its impact is visible at the ground level,” Sitharaman said.
India is placed at 130 of the 190 countries this time, compared with 131 (revised) of 189 nations last year. “While I am not really discouraged, it is disappointing. This is at a time when you want everything to reflect the various measures that the Centre and states are taking should impact the ranking system,” the minister added.
Already, the government is looking to create an institutionalised mechanism to monitor private users’ perception and also sensitise them about the reforms initiatives so that they get to take advantage of them in a big way. An agency will be hired for this purpose as well, according to DIPP secretary Ramesh Abhishek.
The government’s move to sensitise states and actual users is important as the World Bank takes into account only the perception of reforms among private sector users.