Goa needs to do more on ease of doing business: NK Singh

Goa has to work further on ease of doing business notwithstanding the progress it has made in this regard, 15th Finance Commission chairman N.K Singh said.

The two-day consultation between the Commission and the Goa government led by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant ended on Friday.

Sawant made a presentation before the Commission demanding that extra grants devolved to Goa be increased from 42 per cent to 50 per cent.

Talking to reporters after the consultation, Singh said, "On the ease of doing business front, notwithstanding progress made by Goa, particular in terms of initiation of new businesses, permissions to be granted, single window clearances, are the areas where further progress needs to be made."

On Goa's demand to increase extra grants from 42 per cent to 50 per cent, Singh said there was hardly any state which had not made a similar demand.

He said Goa had also asked for a package to compensate for the loss incurred due to the closure of the state's mining sector.