JAMMU: Despite registering a significant improvement and climbing up nine positions last year in the ranking for Ease of Doing Business, Jammu and Kashmir has failed to show even a  slight progress in the latest grading,  apparently due  to non-performance on the part  of several key departments.
In the Ease of Doing Business State Ranking, jointly prepared by the World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India, Jammu and Kashmir has been once again ranked low at 22nd position among 34 States and Union Territories in the country.
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Haryana have been ranked as top three States to do business in India, ahead of the industrialized State such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
The rankings serve as a check-list of sorts for evaluating State on a 340 point Business Reform Action Plan, between the period of July 2016 and July 2018. The final rankings were arrived at after a combination of  “Reform Evidence Score” and “Feedback Score”.
The States of Jharkhand and Telangana have scored 100 percent in their Reform Evidence Scores, which is allotted on the basis of 372 recommendations for reforms on regulatory processes, policies, practices and procedures spread across 12 reform areas.
The Jammu and Kashmir State could score only 36.47 percent and 6.41 percent  in the Reform Evidence Score and Feedback scorecard, respectively in the latest ranking.
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.
The Jammu and Kashmir State, which had climbed up from 31s to 22nd position among Indian State in the Ease of Doing Business ranking last year, failed to register even a slight improvement in its latest status apparently due to non-performance on the part of several key departments, particularly PDD, Revenue, PHE, PWD and Forest Departments in giving necessary impetus to the Industries sector in the State.

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