NEW DELHI, January 2: Jammu and Kashmir will soon become the first Union territory in the country to have an assessment of governance practices by district, by establishing a “good governance index” at the district level.
Disclosing this here today after receiving an update from the new Secretary of the Department for Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Union Ministry of Personnel, V Srinivas, Union Minister of State (Charge independent) Science and technology; Minister of State (Independent Office) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, staff, public grievances, pensions, atomic energy and space, said Dr Jitendra Singh. in collaboration with the government of the territory of the Union. The proposed index framework was finalized with technical support from the Center for Good Governance (CGG), Hyderabad.
The Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen for us to replicate in Jammu and Kashmir the same governance best practices that are followed in other states and UTs across the country. He said that for a long time, due to certain constitutional and administrative constraints, many central rules of the DoPT and ARPG were not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir, but in the last two years there are had a fast-track attempt to change the culture of work and follow the mantra of “maximum governance, minimum government”, which has been the guiding principle of the Center and the States, since the arrival of the Modi government in 2014.
The district-level good governance index, said Dr Jitendra Singh, will allow each of Jammu and Kashmir’s 20 districts to rise to the level of some of the best-administered districts in the country, with limited elimination in time for office files and other matters, increased transparency, increased accountability and increased citizen participation. He said the next step would be to advance these good governance practices to the Tehsil and Block level.
The DGGI framework includes 58 indicators drawn from different aspects of district development and administration divided into 10 encompassing sectors such as agriculture and allied sectors, commerce and industry, human resource development, public health, public infrastructure and public services, economic governance, well-being and development, public and judicial security and citizen-centered governance.
These indicators were finalized after a series of consultations with Jammu and Kashmir government district officials, academics, subject matter experts, etc. Looking at the availability of published authentic data and other key principles, the indicator set was listed from 135 to 58.
To calculate the score, index and rank of districts on their performance on the basis of 58 finalized indicators, an elaborate data collection exercise followed by rigorous disinfection of data was undertaken. The final process of calculating the index using standard and tested data normalization and scoring methods is underway. This would result in rankings by division and by district of districts. While there will be a full ranking of districts based on 10 composite sectors, the DGGI will also provide a window on the performance of districts in terms of indicators.