TN tops good governance index, followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka


Tamil Nadu has emerged as the best governed state, followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka, according to the government of India’s good governance index

The southern state of Tamil Nadu has bagged the top position in the composite ranking for good governance index (GGI), followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka, according to data provided by the Personnel Ministry. Chhattisgarh bagged the fourth position, followed by Andhra Pradesh (fifth), Gujarat (sixth), Haryana (seventh) and Kerala at the eight rank, it said. Madhya Pradesh is at the ninth rank, West Bengal at the tenth position, followed by Telangana (11th), Rajasthan (12th), Punjab (13th), Orissa (14th), Bihar (15th), Goa (16th), Uttar Pradesh (17th) and Jharkhand at 18th position in the big states category.

The states and union territories were divided into three groups – big states, north-east and hill states, and union territories – for the rankings based on certain indicators separately. In the north-east and hill states category, Himachal Pradesh topped the ranking followed by Uttarakhand, Tripura, Mizoram, Sikkim, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir (now divided into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh), Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Among the union territories, Pondicherry has got the first position, followed by Chandigarh, Delhi, Daman and Diu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep.

It has also given sector-wise rankings. Tamil Nadu has been ranked first in the public infrastructure and utilities sector, followed by Gujarat and Punjab among the big states. Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh have got the top slot in north-east and hill states and UTs category for this sector, respectively. In the commerce and industries sector, Jharkhand has got the first position in the big states category, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Among the north-east and hill states, Uttarakhand has achieved the top rank, whereas Delhi is at the first rank in the union territories category.

Under the economic governance sector, Karnataka has got the first position followed by Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu among the big states. Uttarakhand has got the top rank in north-east and hill states category. Delhi has got the first position in the union territories category for the sector. Under the environment sector, West Bengal has got the first position followed by Kerala and Tamil Nadu among the big states. Jammu and Kashmir is at the first place among the north-east and hill states, and Chandigarh in the union territories category for the ranking under the environment sector.

Goa got the first rank among big states for the human resource development sector. Himachal Pradesh has got the first position among the north-east and hill states and Pondicherry is at the first place among the UTs for this sector. In the public health sector ranking, Kerala is at the top position followed by Tamil Nadu and Goa among the big states. Manipur and Pondicherry have got the first position in the north-east and hill states, and UTs category for this sector.

 


Govt launches index to rank states, UTs on good governance parameters

The good governance index is a uniform tool across states to assess the status of governance and impact of various interventions taken up by the state government and union territories

December 26, 2019: A good governance index (GGI) was launched on December 25, 2019, by the central government to assess the state of governance in the country, according to a statement issued by the Personnel Ministry.

The objectives of GGI are to provide quantifiable data to compare the state of governance in all states and Union territories, enable them to formulate and implement suitable strategies for improving governance and shift to result-oriented approaches and administration, the statement said. Various principles have been kept in mind while selecting the indicators, i.e. it should be easy to understand and calculate, citizen-centric and result-driven, leading to improved results and applicable to all states and UTs, among others, it said.

“The good governance index is a uniform tool across states to assess the status of governance and impact of various interventions taken up by the state government and union territories,” the statement said.

The GGI takes into consideration 10 sectors — agriculture and allied sectors, commerce and industries, human resource development, public health, public infrastructure and utilities, economic governance, social welfare & development, judicial and public security, environment and citizen-centric governance.

These 10 governance sectors are further measured on a total of 50 indicators. These indicators are given different weightage under one governance sector to calculate the value.

For instance, under agriculture and allied sector, there are six indicators with different weightage such as growth rate of agriculture and allied sector, growth rate of food grains production, growth rate of horticulture produce, growth rate of milk production, growth rate of meat production and crop insurance, the ministry said.

The states and UTs are divided into three groups — big states, north-east and hill states, and Union territories.

The states and UTs are ranked on all indicators separately, at the same time composite ranking is also calculated for these states and UTs under their respective groups based upon these indicators, the statement said.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh launched the ‘good governance index’ at an event organised by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions on the occasion of good governance day here. The good governance day is observed on the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh said the good governance index has been scientifically designed on various parameters of governance. He said that it has been designed keeping in mind the citizen-centricity, which is the prime mantra of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh said documentation of good governance index is our effort in the direction to carry forward the prime minister’s vision for good governance. The minister also launched smart cards for the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) canteen to promote cashless transactions and digitisation.

The 15th edition of the Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure (CSMOP) was unveiled by Singh. The main features of CSMOP, which enables the march towards the digital secretariat, are a new chapter on e-office digitization framework that provides guidelines for scanning, entry and storage of data, provision of virtual private network for officers of the rank of deputy secretary and above rank officers and decision-making chapter provides a list of various websites and their links.

 


Delhi slips, Thiruvananthapuram tops city governance ranking

Thiruvananthapuram has retained the top position in the annual city governance ranking, followed by Pune and Kolkata, according to a survey of 21 major cities in the country

March 1, 2017: Delhi has slipped two places to rank ninth, while Thiruvananthapuram has retained its number one position in the annual city governance ranking, according to a survey released on February 28, 2017, which evaluated 21 major cities from the country’s 18 states. The Annual Survey of India’s City-System (ASICS) was undertaken by not-for-profit institution Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (JCCD).

The better a city scores in the survey, the more likely it is that it will be able to deliver better quality of life to citizens over the medium and long-term.

The City-Systems framework, comprises four distinct but inter-related components – urban planning and design, urban capacities and resources, empowered and legitimate political representation and transparency, and accountability and participation.

See also: 6 Indian cities among the world’s fastest growing

In the survey, Pune was ranked second, up two ranks from 2015, while Kolkata retained its third slot. The biggest gainer in the 2016 survey was Bhubaneswar, which jumped eight places from 2015 to land at the 10th spot. Bengaluru fell four places to rank 16, while Ludhiana, Jaipur and Chandigarh retained their previous positions of 19th, 20th and 21st, respectively.

Releasing the survey, JCCD CEO Srikanth Vista Nathan, said that India’s cities are not poised to handle urbanisation well and the survey for 2016, reveals several systemic inadequacies in urban governance that could affect public service delivery.

Viswanathan said the survey showed that Indian cities score between 2.1 and 4.4 on scale of 10, as against the global benchmarks of London and New York, which score 9.3 and 9.8 respectively. These low scores imply that Indian cities need to strengthen their city-systems – quality of laws, policies and institutions significantly, to improve service delivery and deliver a high quality of life to citizens, he added.

The ASICS report is designed to help city leaders pinpoint issues in urban governance in their cities and help them chalk out a reform roadmap to make them more livable.

 

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