Gandhinagar: Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, slipped two places to the fifth position with a combined score of 97.96 percent in the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) rankings of all the states and union territories (UT) of India. The list is prepared by the World Bank and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Gujarat had topped the chart in 2015 and had dropped to third place in 2016.

The state has questioned the methodology or the approach of the DIPP-World Bank rankings and will be seeking a clarification from the department on the same. This ranking is based on a combined score of reform evidence score and feedback score. The reform evidence score is based on the evidence submitted by the states and UTs and the feedback score is based on the responses recorded from the real users of the services provided to businesses. The rankings evaluate states on a 340-point Business Reform Action Plan.

Andhra Pradesh (98.42 percent) continued to hold its numero uno position in the rankings, while Telangana (98.33 percent) came second and Haryana (98.07 percent) and Jharkhand (97.99 percent) stood third and fourth on the list. Chhattisgarh (97.36 percent) and Madhya Pradesh (97.31 percent) stood sixth and seventh respectively below Gujarat. The national capital Delhi stood a distant 23rd place with a score of 31.60 percent.

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English daily Times of India reported that the chief minister of Gujarat was furious over the constant decline in the rankings and senior IAS officers had to face his wrath during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.