Andhra Pradesh, which shared the top rank with Telangana in the country in Ease of Doing Business index, is understood to have slipped to 15th position, as the things stand now.
While Telangana continued to retain the No. 1 position, Andhra Pradesh has fallen to 15th position in the EoDB, as per the latest information from the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The EoDB index is decided by the World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on the basis of States’ compliance with the 372 point Business reform Action Plan.
The centre added 32 additional reforms parameters this year to last year’s 340 points.
Sources said while Telangana achieved 98 per cent compliance of the 372 recommendations of the Business Reform Action Plan proposed by the Union Government, as of now, AP is still a long way to go in achieving the compliance.
Telangana State, which was placed in the 13th position in EoDB index in 2015, shot up to the top in 2016, through a series of reforms.
Though there is some more time in announcing the final ranks, it may not be possible for AP to come back to the No. 1 position.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction over the progress of compliance in EoDB parametres.
He pulled up state planning board official Kutumba Rao for lagging behind Telangana.
Rao is learnt to have told Naidu that there is still some more time and most of the states strategically upload the data only in the last moment.
“We are sure we can retain our position,” Rao told Naidu.