A new performance index would rank states on how they fair in delivering key government schemes aimed at inclusive growth, the UPA’s developmental plank for the last nine years.
States would be evaluated on the quality of education, health and law and order among other services being provided by the government. The index will also look into how the state government provide water and electricity connection and issue land records.
The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) set up as an attached office of the Planning Commission has decided to work out the first state-wise index of its type. “The idea behind the index is to create competition among the states for better delivery of services and learning from each other’s experience,” IEO’s director general Ajay Chibber told HT.
While the government evaluates performance of each scheme individually, there is no mechanism to holistically examine the outcome of over R 2,50,000 crore spent by Central government every year on social sector.
Evaluating the impact of converging different schemes such as the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) run by the women and child development ministry with new born related programmes run by the health ministry, is also lacking.