Sponsored by the Department of Industry Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the "Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms report was prepared by World Bank in association with KPMG, CII and FICCI.

Among the major states, West Bengal occupied the 11th slot, Tamil Nadu (12th), Haryana (14th), Delhi (15th), Punjab (16th), Himachal Pradesh (17th), Kerala (18th), Goa (19th), Bihar (21st) and Assam (22nd). Arunachal Pradesh is ranked the last with 1.23 percent.

The ranking of the states was based on eight specified parameters which include setting up of business, allotment of land, labour reforms and procedure for environmental clearance. Other parameters included infrastructure, procedure for registration for tax purposes and inspections for compliance of various norms.

India is a difficult place to do business and concerted action and reforms are needed on several fronts to improve its ranking in the global 'Doing Business Index', World Bank country director Onno Ruhl said."... the need of the day is reform, and the reforms must be led by the government at both central and state levels," he said in a foreword to the report.

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