NDA-ruled states have stolen a march over Congress governments in implementing Indira Gandhi’s Twenty-Point Programme, a package of social sector schemes.
Only four Congress states figure in the list of top 10 performers, a scoreboard drawn up by the central government’s ministry of statistics and planning implementation has revealed.
Two Congress-ruled states, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand emerged at the top of the list; both scored more than 90 per cent on the performance scale. Uttar Pradesh where the Samajwadi Party is in power and often criticised for poor governance standards came a close third.
Apart from Delhi and Himachal Pradesh that also made it to the top ten, NDA-ruled states – Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Orissa -- dominated the list. Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, all ruled by NDA partners, came next on the performance barometer. Left-ruled West Bengal and Kerala were far down in the list, scoring 47 per cent marks each and well below Bihar’s 58 per cent score.
Arunachal Pradesh was at the bottom of the list; other North-eastern states and Jammu and Kashmir came close. Mizoram and Tripura were the only states from the North-East to score more than 50 per cent, neck to neck with poll-bound Punjab that scored 52 per cent.
The scorecard was based on the performance of the states across 12 parameters ranging from distribution of surplus land, immunisation of children to villages electrified.
The Twenty-Point Programme – a hallmark of the Indira Gandhi regime – is a package of social sector schemes and programmes having bearing on the poor and the underprivileged. The UPA government had last year refurbished the 20-point programme; tweaking the schemes to enable focused and efficient monitoring of the items.
The scoreboard was drawn up ahead of the conference of planning secretaries convened by the ministry on Wednesday. Officials monitoring the scheme, however, indicate that the overall performance of the programme was satisfactory; targets were exceeded across eight parameters and more than 80 per cent targets achieved across another six.