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New index to rank states on delivery of schemes

A new performance index will 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.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2013 01:26 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Independent Evaluation Office

A new performance index will 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.

The states will 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 delivers on providing water and electricity connection and issues 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 Rs 2,50,000 crore spent by Central government every year on social sector.

"Most of the schemes are not delivered effectively," Chibber added.

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.

Chibber, who had worked in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) evaluating impact of social sector spending across the world, said the index would holistically look at the implementation of the schemes and at the capacity of the state governments to "deliver public service".

The new index would be backed by ground surveys to study the impact of these schemes. The first survey would be done on the efficacy of the public distribution system, which is now backed by the UPA's National Food Security law.