The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Government of India released the Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) 2020 assessment report on 30 Jun 2022.
The event was graced by the presence of Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of India, Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles and senior officials from the DPIIT.
According to the report, Odisha has been categorized amongst the 6 “Achiever” states along with industrially developed states like Maharashtra and UP with a score of more than 80% in the user-feedback methodology adopted by DPIIT. BRAP 2020 was the fifth edition of the reform exercise. It had 301 reforms spread over 15 reform themes and over 40 reform areas, which drove transformation in digitization, transparency, and investor confidence in the country.
Odisha has shown remarkable progress in the current cycle by implementing over 90% of the 301 reforms suggested by DPIIT and achieving more than 80% positive user feedback. Some of the major reforms carried out in the cycle by the state included setting up the new par-E-shram portal, a one-stop-shop for all services being provided by Labour and ESI Department as well as integration of the same with GO-SWIFT portal, auto-renewal through online payment and elimination of renewal of 8 B2G services, digitization of land records, online systems for drug licenses, environmental clearances, digitization of excise services, etc.
The state has also upgraded its Single Window System GO SWIFT with best-in-class features like unified payment system with trickle feed mechanism, single application for 54+ G2B services, online document archival facility, online grievance redressal mechanism and integration with the National Single Window System (NSWS).
Further, along with the reforms being carried out under the BRAP exercise, the Government of Odisha has also undertaken major reforms in the mining sector, measures to minimize burdensome regulatory compliances and it has also brought in over 400 services under the Odisha Right to Public Services Act 2012 so as to ensure time-bout delivery of G2B and G2C Services.
Consistent implementation of reforms over the last few years has enabled Odisha in attracting broad-based investments in multiple sectors including metal downstream, chemicals & petrochemicals, textiles & apparel, food processing, tourism, etc.
The Government of Odisha appreciates the Government of India for recognizing the efforts of the state in bringing about ease of doing business reform and creating a robust business-friendly industrial ecosystem in the state.