Six Reforms that helped India jump up 3O places in World Bank's Doing Business Report 2018
11 Dealing With Construction Permits

The introduction of online single window has reduced the number of procedures as well as the time required to obtain a construction permit. It has features such as Common Application Form (CAF), digital signatures, auto-scrutiny of building plans etc.1 The streamlining of the process has contributed significantly to the unprecedented 132 places jump in India’s ranking, from 184 in 2014 to 52 in 2018.2

Sources: 1, 2

2Getting Electricity

Major reforms included reduction in the number of procedures, documentation, and time required to obtain an electricity connection.3 Electricity connection is provided within 7 days if no Right of Way (RoW) is required and within 15 days where RoW is required.4 Total number of procedures reduced to 3 in Delhi and 4 in Mumbai.5 India’s ranking has improved 113 places, from 137 in 2014 to 24 in 2018.6

Sources: 3, 4, 5, 6

3Trading Across Borders

Major reforms include online application system for traders, reduction of mandatory documents to export/import to three, and robust risk management system for inspection.7 A significant amount of time and cost reduced for both documentary and border related compliance. India’s ranking has improved 46 places, from 126 in 2014 to 80 in 2018.8

Sources: 7, 8

4Paying Taxes

Introduction of Goods and Service Tax (GST) and robust IT infrastructure of online return filing have been the major reforms in this indicator.9 Apart from this, online services for registration and return filing for employee insurance and provident fund have eased paying taxes as well.10 India’s ranking has improved 35 places, from 156 in 2014 to 121 in 2018.11

Sources: 9, 10, 11

5Resolving Insolvency

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of 2016 is India’s first comprehensive legislation of corporate insolvency.12 Under Fast-track Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) for mid-sized companies, the process for insolvency is to be completed within 90 days with a maximum grace of another 45 days.13 India’s ranking has improved 29 places, from 137 in 2014 to 108 in 2018.14

Sources: 12, 13, 14

6Enforcing Contracts

Major reforms included the establishment of Commercial Court, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division in High Courts of Mumbai and Delhi. National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) which provides case data,15 and e-filing of case in district courts of Delhi and Mumbai have made a significant contribution as well.16 India’s ranking has improved 23 places, from 186 in 2014 to 163 in 2018.17

Sources: 15, 16, 17