NITI CEO Amitabh Kant highlights key areas for improvement in ease of doing business in India – The Economic Times

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“Action is now needed at all levels of government to rationalise and streamline forms and clearances. Single window clearances and land acquisition are areas for state governments to focus on,” Kant said.

Improvement in areas like single-window clearances, quicker land acquisition and readiness by states to roll-out of labour codes are needed to enhance ease of doing business in India, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said.

“Action is now needed at all levels of government to rationalise and streamline forms and clearances. Single window clearances and land acquisition are areas for state governments to focus on,” Kant said while speaking at the PHDCCI economic conclave on “Ease of Doing Business”.

“State governments must also take the lead in instituting labour reforms and rationalising the costs of power to industry,” he said, adding we must strive together to make India one of the easiest places to do business in.

Talking about the immense opportunities for businesses in India, Kant said we should focus on sunrise areas for growth such as electric vehicles and battery storage manufacturing; green hydrogen; artificial intelligence (AI); data analytics; blockchain; cybersecurity; cloud computing and genomics among others.

According to Kant, public-private-partnership in social infrastructure is another avenue of investment in India. “Now more than ever, the importance of social infrastructure such as healthcare facilities has come to the fore. Unlocking investments in this sector will be crucial to India’s resilience and adaptability,” he said.

Commenting on the involvement of the private sector, Kant said partnerships of the private sector in unlocking the potential of innovative financing mechanisms such as asset monetisation, providing an impetus to green finance are other potential areas, amongst others.

The industry, however, said the government should take a lead and frontload the National Infra Pipeline expenditure to attract private investments. “The increased spending on infrastructure will give a multiplier effect to rejuvenate the aggregate demand in the economy,” Sanjay Aggarwal, president, PHDCCI said.

The industry chamber also said the government should focus on further reducing the cost of doing business in the country including the costs of power, costs of capital, costs of compliances, costs of logistics, costs of land and availability of land and costs of labour.

“Strengthening the MSMEs sector must also be on priority. The focus should be on ensuring provision of hassle free disbursements of loans vis-à-vis enhanced liquidity for MSMEs,” Aggarwal added.

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