Delhi among highly competitive states, says report

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Delhi is one of the most competitive states in India because of its communications facilities, easy administrative environment, physical infrastructure and scope for innovation, a study by the Institute of Competitiveness said Tuesday.

The State Competitiveness Report 2013 measures and ranks 29 Indian states on various factors critical for India's economy.

Delhi ranked first followed by Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Nagaland were among the lowest-ranked states.

"The remedy to the unequal growth of India lies in the enhancement of the competitiveness quotient of the states, for they collectively comprise the whole nation," Amit Kapoor, chairman, Institute for Competitiveness, observed in a statement.

"The focus of states and policy makers should be on the creation of wealth with means that are sustainable for the environment, beneficial to the communities and most importantly inclusive for most if not all sections of the society," he added.

The report also suggested that states can employ strategies to further growth.

"Focus on better governance, greater investments in infrastructure, bettering the education outcome and improvements in health care delivery," the report added.

The Institute for Competitiveness conducts and supports indigenous research, offers academic and executive courses, and provides advisory services to industry and governments.


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