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Union Minister Amit Shah releases India’s First ‘District Good Governance Index’; J&K 1st Indian UT with GGI

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India’s First “District Good Governance Index”

On January 21, 2022, Union Minister Amit Shah, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) virtually released the India’s First ‘District Good Governance Index (DGGI)’ in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) , prepared by Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) in collaboration with Government of J&K.

  • It is prepared for the 20 Districts of UT of J&K.
  • The event was organized by DARPG, GOI and J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration & Rural Development in association with the Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad.
  • With this, J&K became the first Indian UT with a Good Governance Index.

About District Good Governance Index:

It was prepared on the lines of the ‘Behtar e-Hukumat – Kashmir Aelamia’ resolution adopted on July 2, 2021 in the Regional Conference on Replication of Good Governance Practices held at Srinagar, J&K. It represents a major administrative reform in benchmarking good governance at District level.

  • Notably, on December 25, 2021, Amit Shah released the National Good Governance Index indicating an increase of 3.7% in Good Governance Indicators of J&K over the 2019 to 2021 period.

Key Achievements of J&K’s Districts under different Sectors:

i.Agriculture and Allied Sector – Achievement of Universal coverage in Kisan Credit Card scheme, Soil Health Card Scheme and Animal Vaccination. Most districts witnessed growth of Food Grain Production, Horticulture produce, Milk and Meat production, poultry production, agriculture credit.

ii.Commerce and Industry Sector – There is improvement in GST registration, MSME (Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) registration online, Credit for Self-Employment, and 109% increase in credit to handicrafts in 2019-2021 period.

iii.Human Resources Development Sector – The percentage of schools with drinking water, separate toilets, electricity facilities, access to computers and number of children served mid-day meals has improved.

  • In 10 districts 100% skill training has been imparted to registered students.

iv.Public Health Sector– Full Immunization, increase in health & wellness centers, proportion of Anganwadis with their own buildings have shown positive results.

v.Public Infrastructure and Utilities Sector– Ganderbal and Srinagar achieving 100% access to safe drinking water, 18 districts achieving 100% access to sanitation facilities, improvements in households electrified and construction of all-weather roads.

vi.Significant achievements were also seen in the sectors of Social Welfare and Development Sector, Financial Inclusion Sector, Judicial and Public Safety Sector, and Citizen Centric Governance Sector

Other Participants:

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, Ministry for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (MoPP&P) and Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor of J&K, among others.

Recent Related News:

The government of J&K has introduced the Karkhandar scheme to support the local artisans and weavers and to promote the traditional handicrafts of J&K. The scheme also aims to provide training in the field of handicrafts sector.

About Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA):

Union Minister– Amit Shah (Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat)
Ministers of State (MoS)– Nityanand Rai (Ujiarpur, Bihar); Ajay Kumar Mishra (Kheri, Uttar Pradesh) ; Nisith Pramanik (Coochbehar, West Bengal)