Celebrating Andhra Pradesh’s success in topping the EoDB rankings 2019 is Mr Rajat Bharagava, IAS special CS Revenue, CT Excise and Registration who was earlier Special Chief Secretary, Industry.
An elated Mr Bhargava called upon the CM, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy on this momentous occasion and relived the reforms and bold steps the state had unflinchingly taken to reach this desirable position across the country.
Speaking to Vizag Industrial Scan Mr Bhargava stated ‘It was the most challenging EoDB ranking. As it was the first time the new government had taken over and Hon’ble CM took charge we felt the pressure of reforms and the Hon’ble CM and Minister gave us the space to do reforms as well have interactive meetings with investors throughout the state. This was most crucial as this gave us the leeway to understand what investors and businesses need.
187 reforms in 12 sectors between June and August 2019 and then revalidation of data and survey done by GOI between Feb and March 2020. The process continued for a long stretch’ said the special CS, revenue.
Mr Bharagava also highlighted the fact that AP was the first state to do Port level reforms which even the Government of India acknowledged.
He thanked all his senior colleagues for their timely support and encouragement.
In the 2019 business reform action plan (BRAP) rankings the state of Andhra Pradesh is followed by Uttar Pradesh at no 2 and Telangana at no 3. These rankings are conducted by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GoI to create competition among states in order to improve their respective business climate and make their states investor and business friendly.