After achieving top ranking in the ease of doing business index, the Telangana government says it will now focus on the cost of doing business and quality of the business.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Telangana Industry and IT Minister KT Rama Rao said the ranking stood testimony to the changes that the government had brought in in the last one year.

Govt initiatives

“We have amended 26 legislations and significantly reduced industrial inspections. We have added several online governance services, thereby reducing the scope for corruption,” he said.

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh shared the top slot, pushing Gujarat to the third slot, in the annual ranking released by the Union Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). The dynamic ranking system was introduced by DIPP in association with the World Bank. It measures the preparedness of the states in various parameters that influence the functioning of businesses.

The minister claimed that the State fared well in 324 out of the 340 parameters (12 of them not applicable to the State). “There is a significant reduction in corruption. We have formed unified teams with officials from different departments when they go on inspections. The number of inspections (to businesses, industries) has come down to 1 from 30 a year in most cases,” he said.


The new industrial policy, TS-iPass, proved to be a success with over 2,550 new industries getting clearance in the last two years.

“Investments worth ₹44,791 crore have been tied up, with 60 per cent of it in commercial stage. It helped create 1.61 lakh direct jobs and 2-3 times indirect jobs,” Rao said.