To counter claims of states on performance in social sector, the Planning Commission will now rank them on implementation of major UPA government’s flagship programmes.
The plan panel allocates close to half of Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) of R3,75,000 crore to 13 major flagship programmes for the central government, including Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA).
While the respective ministries review performance of individual schemes state-wise, the overall performance of states in social sector is not done. “It is an attempt to analyse which states have taken maximum benefit from the Central government schemes,” an official said.
The panel’s deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia asked the senior advisors looking after different schemes to rate the states with respect to their performance in implementation and outcome of the states. “If required the advisors will also visit the states,” the official said.
The individual rating of the states scheme wise will then be clubbed into one for having nation’s first ranking for entire social sector. As per the data available with the commission, Gujarat is among the better states in implementing the schemes while Uttar Pradesh is one of the worst. But, the exact ranking is expected by end of 2010.
On the core question of the benefit of ranking the states, plan panel officials said that it would be the basis for funds to the states for different social sector schemes. “It would be a criteria for allocation of funds to the state governments,” an official said. The panel will also be advising the ministries to adhere by the ranking when deciding the allocations.
The panel has also finalised a similar ranking on environment performance index.