11th Jul 2018 10:07:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

In the just released  World Bank and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) report, Arunachal Pradesh is placed 34th out of 36 states and union territories. The government floated the move to rank states last year with the aim of triggering competition among the states to attract investments and improve business climate. Should Arunachal worry for being placed third from the bottom? The answer is no because Arunachal Pradesh being one of the most backward states of India lacks basic facilities for investors to put their precious money here.
It is pertinent to note here that India remained at 131st position in the same index out of 190 nations surveyed till last year. After remaining stagnant for long the country this year moved 30 positions to rank in the top 100 this year. Definitely Prime Minister Naredra Modi’s policies had made it possible.
But despite the  gung-ho over this achievement, ground realities tell a different story. According to NCAER State Investment Potential Index 2017, entrepreneurs say corruption is still the biggest hurdle in doing business, followed by getting approvals. They did, however, say that it’s now easier to get electricity, water and internet connectivity.
Still the Modi government had discredited the World Bank's methodology by stating that it failed to consider the federal nature of India and varying levels of development in each state by attempting to rank India on the basis of the feedback it gets from two metros - Delhi and Mumbai.
This is true of the bottom placed states too. Arunachal is not an exception as in the reform evidence  and feedback scores the state scored a big zero. The moot point is that Arunachal is yet to score in any parameters in the developmental index. The state was connected by rail only recently. The much vaunted airport in the capital city is yet to see the light of day. Unless there is proper infrastructure development, the state cannot dream of attracting investment. The ongoing construction Trans Arunachal Highway is a beginning. And there remains much to be done before we start selling the state as an investment destination.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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