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Modi: With GST, our rankings of "doing business" will improve

04 Nov 2017 | By Krunali Shah
Modi lauds jump in "business ease" rankings

While speaking at the 'India's Business Reforms' conference in New Delhi, PM Modi lauded his government and corporate India's "hard work" for ensuring that India breaks into the top-100 of the World Bank's "Ease of doing business" report.

He said the World Bank had "recognized (the) stupendous work done" by his government.

He criticized the opposition for making negative comments about India's rankings.

In context: Modi lauds jump in "business ease" rankings

04 Nov 2017Modi: With GST, our rankings of "doing business" will improve

RankingsIndia jumped "ease of doing business" rankings by 30 places

In a recently released World Bank report "Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs," India stunned the world by jumping 30 places on the index and ranking 100 of 190 countries.

World Bank attributed the jump to improvement in "taxation, licensing, investor protection and bankruptcy resolution" policies.

Further, India improved its rankings in 6 of 10 indicators including tax compliance.

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"GST's implementation will improve India's position further"

GST"GST's implementation will improve India's position further"

Modi asserted that India will have a better ranking in 2018 as the current rankings didn't take into account GST's implementation.

He said the rankings have considered reforms only until May-end and GST which was implemented on July 1 provides a "stable and transparent" tax regime.

He declared that government plans to address issues raised by traders and businesses to stabilize the tax regime.

OppositionModi criticized the opposition for being negative about the achievement

Taking a dig at the opposition, Modi said those who earlier worked at World Bank are now questioning it.

He said, "Some people are unable to understand India moving from 142 to 100 in the ease of doing business rankings. It makes no difference to them."

He suggested that if UPA had brought in reforms in insolvency/bankruptcy code, rankings would have improved earlier.

Other reformsModi also listed other reforms by his government

Modi asserted that ease of doing business leads to ease of life.

He added that tax-filing, registering new-businesses and getting electricity connections have become easier.

Further, he said that India is "among the most open-economies of the world." The government is making efforts to improve investment-climate as 90% FDI approvals are now through automatic route.

He emphasized the importance of "minimum government, maximum governance."