Port Blair, Sept. 11: Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry declared the results of Startup Ranking 2019 on 11th September, 2020 the presence of Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Civil Aviation, Housing & Urban Affairs and Shri Som Prakash, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry.

The UT of Andaman & Nicobar Islands has been ranked as “BEST PERFORMER” amongst the UTs in the Startup Ranking 2019. The DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, GOI, recognized the contribution of Shri V. Candavelou, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, A & N Administration and of Shri Ajit Anand, Director of Industries, A & N Administration towards the support and promotion of Startups in the UT.

The State/UT Startup Ranking Framework’ 2019 framework was spread across 7 areas of intervention with a total of 30 action points with the key objective of the exercise to encourage States and Union Territories to take proactive steps towards strengthening the Start-up ecosystems in their states. The methodology is aimed at creating a healthy competition among States to further learn, share and adopt good practices.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands was the first UT to formulate its own Startup Policy that was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister during his visit to these Islands on 30.12.2018. In the course of implementation of the Startup India scheme, various efforts were made for reaching the youths by way of holding motivational and awareness campaigns at Panchayat Levels, organizing Hackathons and Startup Seminars and Boot camps.

As of date, there are 97 startups has been registered and 16 startups have been recognized by the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

The A&N administration is fully committed to the promotion and support of the Startup Eco systems in the UT and also in the continuous improvement in the processes and procedures, which is evidenced by the significant improvement in the ranking of the UT from the 31st position in 2018 to the 22nd position amongst the States/UT’s in the Business Reform Action Plan 2019 rankings, released last week.