Business Reform Action Plan
Union Minister of Finance Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the 4th edition of Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) ranking of states.
- The top ten states under State Reform Action Plan 2019 are – Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Gujarat.
About ‘Business Reform Action Plan’
- Ranking of States is based on the implementation of Business Reform Action Plan started in the year 2015. Till date, State Rankings have been released for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017-18.
- The Business Reform Action Plan 2018-19 includes 180 reform points covering 12 business regulatory areas such as Access to Information, Single Window System, Labour, Environment, etc.
- The larger objective of attracting investments and increasing Ease of Doing Business in each State was sought to be achieved by introducing an element of healthy competition through a system of ranking states based on their performance in the implementation of Business Reform Action Plan.
- The ranking this time gives full weightage to the feedback from over thirty thousand respondents at the ground level, who gave their opinion about the effectiveness of the reforms.
- State rankings will help attract investments, foster healthy competition and increase Ease of Doing Business in each State.
- The ranking of the states are announced by the Department of Industrial Promotion and Internal Trade (DPIIT), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Committee on Content Regulation in Government Advertising (CCRGA)
- Recently, the 19th meeting of Supreme Court mandated Committee on Content Regulation in Government Advertising (CCRGA) was held.
What is CCRGA?
- As per the directions of the Supreme Court on 13th May, 2015, the Government of India on 6th April, 2016 had set up a three member body consisting of “persons with unimpeachable neutrality and impartiality and who have excelled in their respective fields”, to look into content regulation of government funded advertisements of all media platforms.
- As per directions of the Supreme Court, states are mandated to set up their respective three member committees on Content Regulation of Government Advertisements. Karnataka, Goa, Mizoram and Nagaland States have already constituted state-level Three Member Committees. The State Government of Chhattisgarh has given its consent to the Central Committee to monitor the content of their government advertisements.
- Under the Supreme Court’s guidelines– “the content of Government Advertisement should be relevant to the government’s constitutional and legal obligations as well as the citizen’s right and entitlements”.
- The Supreme Court has also observed that –
- Advertisement materials should be presented in an objective, fair and accessible manner and designed to meet the objectives of the campaign,
- Advertisement materials should be objective and not directed at promoting political interests of ruling party,
- Advertisement Campaigns be justified and undertaken in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and
- Government advertising must comply with legal requirement and financial regulations and procedures.