Gujarat Government launches special Khadi Utsav in Ahmedabad

Gujarat Government has launched a special Khadi Utsav in Ahmedabad to promote khadi on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 146th birth anniversary.

This utsav seeks to create an aggressive marketing drive in order to promote Khadi in the young generation.

The main aim of this Khadi Utsav is to introduce wide range of khadi apparels both for men and women. It also seeks to promote new styles that include Modi kurtas and jackets.

To promote Khadi, state Government has announced a special 25 per cent discount on all khadi products manufactured in Gujarat, while 15 per cent rebate on Khadi produced in other state.


Gujarat tops in ease of doing business in India: World Bank Report

Gujarat has been placed to top position in World Bank’s first ever ranking of States on the ease of doing business in India.

The World Bank report titled Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms was released in New Delhi under the aegis of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The inaugural edition of report reflected the ease of doing business in all Indian States at sub-regional level.

Key facts

  • All States were assessed over a six-month period from January to June 2015 on the basis of percentage scores in a 98-point reforms agenda.
  • The Union Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, CII, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI and KPMG were involved in the exercise.
  • Top 5 States: Gujarat (71.14%), Andhra Pradesh (70.12%), Jharkhand (63.09%), Chhattisgarh (62.45%) and Madhya Pradesh (62.00%).
  • Bottom 5 states: Mizoram (6.37%), Jammu and Kashmir (5.93%), Meghalaya (4.38%), Nagaland (3.41%) and Arunachal Pradesh (1.23%).
  • The largest recipients of foreign investments Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu were placed at eighth and twelfth position with less than 50 per cent scores.
  • The focus of the study for assessment was mostly undertaken on eight key important parameters: The setting up of a business, complying with environment procedures, allotment of land and obtaining construction permit, complying with labour regulations, registering and complying with tax procedures, obtaining infrastructure-related utilities, carrying out inspections and enforcing contracts.


Cabinet gives nod to include Sipai, Patni, Jamat Kahar and Tanwar Singhariya in the OBC list

Union Cabinet gave its nod to amend the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for Gujarat and Uttarakhand for inclusion of Sipai and Patni Jamat or Turk Jamat (all Muslims) from Gujarat and Kahar, Tanwar Singhariya from Uttarakhand in the list.

Decision to make suitable amendments in the Central List of OBCs was taken Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Ministeri Narendra Modi based on advice from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).

This inclusion will enable the persons belonging to these communities/castes to avail the benefits of reservation in Government services as well as in Central Educational Institutions as per the existing reservation policy.

It will also make them eligible to get benefited by various Union Government welfare schemes, scholarships etc, which are presently available to persons belonging to the OBCs mentioned in the list.

National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC)

  • NCBC Act, 1993 empowers the commission to examine requests for inclusion of any communities/castes as a backward class in the lists.
  • After examining the requests, NCBC will tender such advice to the Union Government which shall be ordinarily binding.
  • It should be noted that, till date total of 2,404 caste/ sub-castes have been notified in the Central list of OBCs from 24 States and 6 Union Territories.