Madhya Pradesh will be the first state in the country to float a happiness index in 2018. The index, based on a questionnaire will help the government gauge the happiness quotient of people.
Last year, the state government had announced that the happiness index will be ready by 2017, but on Monday, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a fresh announcement on his Twitter handle, saying, “I take this opportunity on the international day of happiness to share that a Happiness Index is being prepared to be published in 2018. I am glad that feedback from happiness index survey will be factored into our government policies and public expenditure priorities”.
Chouhan’s main tweet was, “Matter of immense pride for me that MP is the first state in India to set up a Happiness Dept.. #HappinessinMP #InternationalDayOfHappiness”.
Rest of the details of his vision for the happiness department were shared on the photograph which was posted along with the tweet. “It gives me delight to see my government train volunteers for improving the happiness quotient of people of Madhya Pradesh…Borrowing from religious texts and folk wisdom , we are trying to spread virtues of goodness, altruism, forgiveness and peace…we will try to infuse a positive mindset among people through lessons, yoga, moral science , meditation etc,” Chouhan said on his twitter handle.
Manohar Dubey, chief executive officer of Rajya Anand Sansthan (state happiness department) told HT the form was being prepared. “We are in the process of consulting some institutions and experts for framing the comprehensive happiness index, which will be a first such exercise by any state in India,” he said.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced creation of the happiness department during a state executive meet of the BJP in Bhopal on April 1, 2016.