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Gujarat, Andaman & Nicobar as Best State/UT in 2019 Strong Ecosystem for Startups: DPIIT ranking

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Gujarat again emerges as best stateOn September 11, 2020 Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) released the 2nd Edition of ‘States on Support to Startup Ecosystems 2019’ . The Rankings are based on providing a Strong Ecosystem for promoting Startups.

i.Gujarat emerged as the best performer among Category X.Gujarat topped the rankings in the 2018 edition of Ranking also. 
(In Category x – All States and New Delhi, barring North Eastern (N. E) States & other Union Territories (U. T))

ii.Andaman and Nicobar Islands emerged as best performer among Category Y
(Category y – All N.E states except Assam and all UTs except Delhi). 

iii. The Rankings were released by Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal and a total of 22 states and 3 UTs participated in the exercise.


For the purposes of ranking, states/UTs are classified into five categories: Best Performers (100 Percentile), Top Performers (More than 75 to Less than 100), Leaders (More than or equal to 30 to less than or equal to 75), Aspiring Leaders (More than 10 and less than 30) and Emerging Startup Ecosystems (Less than or equal to 10).

Category – X 

All States and New Delhi, barring North Eastern (N.E) States & other Union Territories.

Gujarat Best Performer
Karnataka Top Performer 
KeralaTop Performer

Category – Y

All N.E states except Assam and all UTs except Delhi      

State/Union Territory (U.T.)Category
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Best Performer
  —–Top Performer
Chandigarh Leader

Other Performers:

Category X:

i.Bihar, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Chandigarh were placed in Leaders Category.

ii.Haryana, Jharkhand, Punjab, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Nagaland were placed in Aspiring Leaders Category

iii.Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Mizoram and Sikkim were placed in Emerging Startup Ecosystems

Category Y:

i.Nagaland was placed in Aspiring Leader Category.

ii.Mizoram & Sikkim were placed in Emerging Startup Ecosystems.

Basis for Dividing into Categories:

The States and UTs have been divided into two groups to establish uniformity and standardisation in the ranking process.

Ranking Framework:

i.The ranking framework 2019 has seven broad reform areas consisting of 30 action points ranging from institutional support, easing compliances, relaxation in public procurement norms, incubation centres, seed funding, venture funding, and awareness and outreach.

ii.The parameters also involved getting feedback from beneficiaries gathered through 60, 000 calls to connect with beneficiaries to ascertain real situations at the implementation level.

Other Info:- 

The National Report and Specific Reports for all participating States and Union Territories had also been launched and it is available in Startup India Portal.
National Report – highlights the vision, trajectory, methodology and the future roadmap of the States Ranking Exercise.
State Specific Report – containing a comprehensive analysis of respective ecosystem, which highlights strengths and priority areas for future
‘Compendium of Good Practices’ adopted by various States in supporting start-ups has also been released. It identifies 166 good practices.

Initiatives for Startups:

i.Government launched Startup India Action Plan in January 2016 to promote startups in the country. 

ii.The aim of Startup India Action Plan is to give incentives like tax holiday and remodel Inspection regimes and capital gains tax exemption.

Note – The DPIIT has created an India Investment Grid (IIG), an interactive investment portal providing details of sectors, states and projects to ease the domestic and foreign investors.

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i.On May 8, 2020 Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Giriraj Singh (chief guest) presented the award to the winners of “Startup India-Animal Husbandry Grand Challenge”.

ii.On June 25, 2020, According to the report, ‘Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) 2020; the New Normal for the Global Startup Economy and the Impact of COVID-19’ released by Startup Genome, Bangalore,Bengaluru Becomes India’s Only City in Top 30 with 26th position.

About DPIIT:-
Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is a central government department under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Secretary  – Guruprasad Mohapatra.