Amit Shah Introduces District Good Governance Index In J&K, Hails Its Expansion To All Other States

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Highlights:

  • Amit Shah introduced the index in the presence of Union minister Jitendra Singh and J&K’s lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha
  • He added that the beginning of this index in J&K will gradually expand to all other states
  • The District Good Governance Index has been formulated by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances
  • The initiative is considered as a major reform in bench-marking good governance at the district level

On Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the District Good Governance Index (DGGI) in Jammu and Kashmir, the first Union Territory to have such an index. He introduced the index in the presence of Union minister Jitendra Singh and Jammu and Kashmir’s lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha.

Addressing the event virtually, the Union home minister voiced, “I want to congratulate all residents of Jammu and Kashmir for the launch of the District Good Governance Index. This is an important day not just for J&K but for entire India.” He added that the beginning of this index in J&K will gradually expand to all other states and a good governance competition will commence in every district of the country.

He further mentioned that the index will benefit the residents of Jammu and Kashmir in a big way as it will work towards improving the district machinery, thereby making districts result-oriented and also enhancing their delivery mechanism. The minister noted, “Under the index, the policies, schemes, and programs of the central as well as the state government have been monitored at the district level.”

The District Good Governance Index has been formulated by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in association with the Union Territory’s administration. The initiative is considered as a major reform in bench-marking good governance at the district level. Amit Shah remarked that the index will rank the district and also portray their comparative picture. “With this, officials evaluating their districts will get to know what areas have to be worked on,” he continued.

As per an official statement, the DCGI is a significant step for timely collation and publication of statistics at the state/ district level. It is likely that the index will facilitate a robust framework for evidence-based evaluation of the performance of all the districts in Jammu and Kashmir, the statement mentioned.

Earlier, the Centre had issued the National Good Governance index on December 25, 2021, which showed Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a surge of 3.7% in Good Governance Indicators from 2019-2021. The strong performance of J&K was also observed in the fields of commerce and industry, agriculture, judiciary, and public infrastructure among others.

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