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Pune tops Quality of Governance Survey

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As per fifth edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Pune is the top city to show improvement in quality of governance in 2017.
Pune tops Quality of Governance SurveyAbout Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS):

The survey was administered in 23 major cities across 20 Indian states and contained 89 questions.

  • ASICS measures the preparedness of city administration to deliver high quality standards, political leadership at the city level, municipal finance & staffing, and transparency & citizen participation.
  • The 89 questions in the survey were placed under four broad categories viz. urban planning & design, transparency – accountability – participation, urban capacities & resources and empowered & legitimate political representation.
  • Response to the questions was registered on a scale of 0-10.

Findings from Fifth edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS):

Pune topped the list with an overall score f 5.1 out of 10. Bhubaneswar showed significant improvement by attaining fourth spot in 2017 survey as compared to tenth in 2016.

  • Guwahati and Vishakhapatnam were the two new cities that were covered in this survey. However, both these cities fared poorly in the assessment.
  • Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Patna and Chennai constituted the bottom five cities.
  • The findings of the survey outlined that Indian cities have a weak urban planning framework. It has been suggested that this problem can be addressed by a well-made and executed spatial development plan.
  • Stability of finances is another issue faced by these cities. On average, the cities assessed in the survey generated only 39% of the funds they spent. Some of these cities cannot even cover staff salaries.

Top 5 cities in terms of Quality of Governance:

1 Pune
2 Kolkata
3 Thiruvananthapuram
4 Bhubaneswar
5 Surat