Practicum on business reforms underway at Megapode

Port Blair
31 Jul 2017

The two-day workshop to facilitate process for implementation of the ‘Business Reforms Action Points-2017’, got underway in the conference hall of Megapode Resort here on Monday. Organized by the Industries Department in association with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry and World Bank, the workshop was inaugurated by the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Secretary appreciated the Industries Department for organizing the workshop and said the workshop was conducted at the appropriate time stating that the business in the islands revolves mostly around tourism and hospitality sector, besides fisheries, handicraft, coir industry etc. “Once the under-sea cable project is materialized, the IT Industry in these islands will get a big boost.”
He said that the Administration is taking care of the fragile eco-system of the Islands while carrying out development activities. The Chief Secretary complimented the Labour Department and the PBMC as well, for their initiatives towards implementation of ‘ease of doing business’ in the Islands.
The Secretary Industries, Smt. Rashmi Singh thanked the DIPP for taking the initiative to cover A&N Islands along with other States & UTs, with the support of World Bank. By visiting states and UTs, the DIPP has so far covered 18 places, she added. She also appreciated the effort of DIPP in building the capacity of various Departments and enlightening them about various kinds of guidelines for implementing the scheme. The Secretary said that it is good opportunity for one and all to clear the doubts on the implementation of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
Ms Kriti Gupta, representative from DIPP expressed gratitude to the A&N Administration for arranging the workshop. She said, DIPP had introduced the Business Reform Action Plan in 2014 but the true reform can happen when the States improve the process of its implementation, which will improve the overall ranking of the Country.
Mr Anuj Choudhary, representative from World Bank said that World Bank does the business ranking on 10 broad business parameters. India was ranked 142 in 2014 and when the new govt. came into power, the ranking improved from 142 to 130, he added.The Director of Industries, Mr Ajit Anand welcomed the gathering. Mr Gautam Mandal, General Manager DIC proposed the vote of thanks.