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LUCKNOW: In a huge boost for the Uttar Pradesh government’s efforts to build an investor friendly environment in the state, it ranked second in the national State Business Reform Action Plan 2018-19 — the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ annual rankings released on Saturday.

The state jumped 10 positions since the 2017-18 rankings, when it had ranked 12th. Andhra Pradesh retained its top position while Telangana slipped from second to third position. Additional chief secretary (industrial development) Alok Kumar said as part of this year’s parameters, UP implemented 186 out of 187 reforms suggested by Centre.

“Since the final evaluation of this year’s ranking is based on ‘users’ feedback’, the feedback received from entrepreneurs on state’s single window portal ‘Nivesh Mitra’ played an instrumental role in UP leaving behind leading states like Gujarat, Telangana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan,” he said.

Crediting CM Yogi Adityanath for the improvement in state’s ranking, industries minister Satish Mahana said: “The CM has been emphasising on the need for transparency, adoption of best practices and business-to-government interactive procedures through use of technology”.

The industries department said over the past two years, the Nivesh Mitra portal received 2,29,936 applications this year for no-objection certificates and out of that, 94% applications had been been disposed of.

At present, 146 services under 20 departments are being provided through the portal. An official said the ‘user feedback’ module of the portal had received 62,286 investor-feedbacks till July out of which around 73% users had rated services as “satisfactory”.

In May, chief secretary RK Tiwari had said that to im prove the overall performanceof the state in ease of doing business rankings, the state would assess each district in how efficiently they were able to handle issues raised on the Nivesh Mitra portal.

Rankings were issued in June in which Unnao came first. The services which have been included under the reforms include labour regulation, access to information and transparency, land administration, construction permit, commercial disputes, inspection enablers etc.

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