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.
About 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: