In spite of low income as well as backwardness, Chhattisgarh has now become one of the top five states in the nation amongst the total 29 states and 7 union territories, in terms of doing business and starting industries of different sectors. After completing 16 years of existence as an independent state, it has really proved a boon for entire state and it’s over 2.5 crore population. The ranking of all states as well as union territories announced by Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman on the basis of 340 point business reform action plan and their implementation by the states. This covers the period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
Andhra Pradesh topped in the category followed by Telengana who stood at second position across nation in the ease of doing business or starting of industries. While three consecutive years’ winner Gujarat has slipped to third position. The position of fourth place scored by Chhattisgarh indicated that the state government did a lot of efforts to increase the economy and industrial growth of state. Meanwhile, the World Bank also appreciated government of Chhattisgarh for scoring 97.32% per cent marks in implementation rate and passed 331 out of 340 parameters to score fourth rank in the nation. The neighbouring states of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand stood fifth and sixth places respectively. The World Bank along with the centre’s department of industrial policy and promotion was also involved in the process of reviewing the evidence submitted by states and union territories about implementation of reforms for the rankings. The 340 parameters or reforms are broadly under different categories including construction permit, environmental and labour registration, obtaining electricity connection, online tax return filing, inspection reform, access to information and transparency, single window, land availability and commercial  dispute resolution. The centre plans to soon hold meetings with states to make changes in the reform areas through addition and deletion of certain reform areas.
“We are happy that in many parameters of ease business and industrial growth, Chhattisgarh succeeded to score good ranks and brought a positive sign for people of state as it will open jobs and other opportunities for them” said Dr Santosh Jain, economist and well known financial expert. In fact over the last couple of years, along with Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon and Raigarh, now other districts including tribal dominated and Naxal affected ones consist of Bastar, Kondagaon, Kanker, Bijapur and Narayanpur have also witnessed the open of many new industries and business enterprises of small, medium as well as large scale.
But the problem is that in spite of growth, owing to fear of Naxals and some other climatic as well as geographical problems, many of the industries and business enterprises do not take shape in the state and some of them shut their operations before it start and others are forced to close because of problems by local representatives and rural people. But some of the businessmen, industrialists and also economists were of the view that still there is need to improve many things so that the state will also achieve good ranks just like its neighbouring state Telengana.
Inder Singh, one of the office-bearers of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated that it was true that in last couple of years, the state did a good job but still there is need to bring some changes like slow process in getting of legal approval from all departments to start a business or enterprise. “If it happens in right time, then the situation will be improved a lot and businessmen will open more and more number of enterprises,” he pointed.