Andhra Pradesh took the top spot in a list of states and Union Territories surveyed for ease of doing business, which was released by the government on Tuesday. Telangana and Haryana secured the second and third positions on the annual list compiled by the World Bank and Indian government’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
Other states that made it to the top 10 were Jharkhand, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan.
In 2017, Andhra Pradesh shared the top spot with Telangana on the list.
Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep and Meghalaya took the bottom ranks. The index aims to create a competitive environment for states to attract investments and improve their business climate, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion said. The parameters for the list include construction permit, labour regulation, environmental registration, access to information, land availability, and single window system.
The department of industrial policy and promotion collects and tabulates the data that is displayed on its website.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu took to Twitter to praise his state’s development trajectory. “Andhra Pradesh will become home to people from all over the world,” Naidu said. “Our vision is to be the best destination in the world by 2050. From ranking first for ease of doing business to creating a power grid and fibre grid, Andhra Pradesh is set to become one of the best states in the world.”