The government of Gujarat has been projecting its industrial growth as a model for other states but it does not appear so industry-friendly in the number of labour laws one needs to comply with, shows a survey.
According to a survey on the business regulatory environment in states, done by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu for the Planning Commission, it is one of eight states — the others are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Assam, Goa and Jharkhand — which do not offer adequate flexibility in this regard.
Deloitte conducted the survey by talking to state government officials, industry associations and about 400 manufacturing units across all 28 states. Finance and tax-related compliance, labour laws, infrastructure and utilities, land and building-related approvals, environment clearances and other issues were the six measures.
“The survey was done for manufacturing industries, with a particular reference to small and medium enterprises, which provide huge job opportunities,” a senior Planning Commission official said.
Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Tripura had the worst regulatory environment.
“The assessment would now be made periodically, to enable state governments to learn from the best practices prevalent in other states and mould their laws, rules, clearance procedures accordingly,” the official said.
He said there were plans to prepare a compendium of regulations, rules and laws that impact businesses in India and also review central rules like export-import guidelines to make these friendlier to business.