After showing the way for J&K, UP, Gujarat, Arunachal districts align with Center to create Good Governance Index

After Jammu and Kashmir was the first to come out with the District Good Governance Index this year, the states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh have also joined hands with the Center to come up with such a guide.

The Center brings out a Good Governance Index to assess the quality of governance in states and Union Territories on a biennial basis. Earlier this year, Jammu and Kashmir was the first to raise the bar and go for an index that ranked its various districts on the governance front. It was unveiled by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in January.

State of the Districts

UP, Gujarat, and Arunachal Pradesh are now collaborating with the Center to develop a District Good Governance Index in 2022, which will track annual improvements in governance through a digital portal. The central government has termed the move as “feasible and desirable”.

The move serves as an aid to benchmarking governance and is seen as an urgent reform to ensure that comparative and competitive data are placed in the public domain. The exercise also helps the state to assess which districts are performing well and enables key policy interventions to improve the governance model in those districts that have performed well under the parameters. Hasn’t worked.

J&K Index

Union-administered Jammu and Kashmir was the first country to come out with the District Good Governance Index this year to assess the state of governance in all its 20 districts. Region-specific governance indicators were developed to assess ground realities and meet people’s aspirations. The Jammu and Kashmir administration says it helped strengthen the Directorate of Economics and Statistics through timely publication of data sets.

Jammu district topped the Jammu and Kashmir district good governance index while Srinagar district came fifth. The districts were assessed in 10 sectors. Jammu district tops the overall ranking, followed by Doda and Samba districts of Jammu division. Pulwama district of Srinagar division is ranked fourth followed by Srinagar district. Rajouri district came last while Poonch and Shopian are at the bottom of the ranking.

Jammu district was ranked best in commerce and industry sector while Srinagar was ranked best in public infrastructure and utility sector. The index showed that Kishtwar tops in agriculture and allied sector, Pulwama in human resource development, Reasi in public health, Ramban in social welfare and development and Ganderbal in financial inclusion.

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