cost of living: ease of living, cost of doing business priority areas: DPIIT Secretary

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The government aims to reduce around 2,500 compliances this year as states begin the next round of exercises to identify which compliances need to be streamlined, Anurag Jain told ET.

Of the 32,000 previously identified compliances, approximately 26,000 have been reduced and of the remaining 6,000, approximately 3,500 do not need to be reduced.

“About 2,500 (compliances) still remain. It was decided that by the end of January – it just passed – they (states) would undertake another exercise and report which compliances still need to be simplified. So 2,500 is a postponement of the last time, but on top of that they would still try to identify themselves,” Jain said.

The Secretary said that the ease of living framework and the cost of doing business are the new concepts DPIIT is working on.

“You take any element of governance, there’s always room for improvement,” Jain said.

On the ease of doing business, he said the department had already shared a discussion paper with the states for the next edition of the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) classified as essential for the ease of doing business. business and ease of living, and a group of five states. was set up to review the details, after which a framework would be finalized. The previous BRAP 2018-19 was based on 187 reform points covering 45 business regulatory areas such as easy access to information, improved labor law, fast building permits, land administration and one-stop-shop approvals. It aims to improve the business environment in states by simplifying procedures, digitizing information and easing the burden of compliance in sectors such as retail, education, health, food and beverages, real estate, gems and jewelry, mining and entertainment.

“So that’s a framework for the BRAP that we’re doing right now. In light of what was announced in the budget, we’re going to harmonize those things,” Jain said.

In order to improve the productive efficiency of capital and human resources and to follow the idea of ​​”trust-based governance”, the 2022-2023 budget announced the launch of the next phase of the business 2.0 and ease of living.

“We’re also going to move on to the cost of doing business and that will put another competition on the minds of states and cause them to revamp their processes,” Jain said, adding that consultations on the matter are at a preliminary stage.

This would relate to the time and cost of starting a business in the states.

“We also took ease of living as another concept because we are the nodal ministry for that. In ease of living we look at citizen services,” the secretary said.

This would include simplification of processes and easier service delivery.

“Even if the services are computerized, there must be a framework to ensure that the services are delivered within a reasonable timeframe,” Jain said.

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