Congress general Rahul Gandhi's view that Bihar has not properly utilised central government funds for the social sector has been confirmed by a government report, but the same does not apply for Narendra Modi-led Gujarat.
Bihar has earned almost the lowest rank in performance of the central government's oldest social sector scheme — 20- point programme — for April to July 2010 whereas Gujarat has bagged the top position, jumping three positions from the last ranking in 2009.
In a performance appraisal of the 20-point programme, the ministry of programme implementation and statistics said Bihar had scored less than 30% in the performance index whereas Gujarat, a BJP-ruled state, has scored over 90%.
The report comes at the time Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is being complimented for achieving a high growth rate of 11% and widening the ambit of social sector schemes.
The report outlines the failure of the Bihar government in providing adequate rural electrification and ration to below poverty line families. It also said that the progress on construction of rural roads has not been up to the mark.
The index is based on monthly monitoring of 19 parameters for schemes such as rural electrification, rural housing, public distribution system, afforestation, women and child welfare.
The Congress did not react, saying it has not seen the report, while the BJP termed the report a certificate of good governance in the NDA-ruled states.
Programme implementation minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said the performance indicator was an impetus for poor performing states to do better. "There should be monitoring at district and block level also to reflect the correct development picture," he said.
Besides Gujarat, other non-Congress states such as Karnataka, Jharkhand, MP and Punjab are in the list of 10 best-performing states.
While most of the northeastern states have got poor ranking, Congress-ruled Mahrashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi are in the same basket. Among the BJP-ruled states that have not done well are Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand.
The programme has been restructured thrice since its inception in 1975, primarily because of introduction of new schemes and programmes by the government. The first revision was held in 1982 and the second in 1986.
The third and last revision took place in 2006.