NITI Aayog Sets Time­line for So­cial Sec­tor Pro­grammes

The Economic Times - - Economy - Yogima.Sharma@ times­group.com

New Delhi: The NITI Aayog will draw up sched­ules for key so­cial sec­tor pro­grammes to counter the crit­i­cism that im­ple­men­ta­tion has been slow even two years af­ter the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment took over.

The Aayog's Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Amitabh Kant made sev­eral out­come-based pre­sen­ta­tions to the prime min­is­ter last month on sec­tors such as ed­u­ca­tion, health, ru­ral devel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture. Time­lines have been es­tab­lished to achieve progress in ar­eas that are lag­ging be­hind.

“The theme of these pre­sen­ta­tions is to drive im­ple­men­ta­tion on the ground be­cause un­less things change on the ground there will be no vis­i­ble im­pact,” a se­nior Aayog of­fi­cial told ET. Progress will be mon­i­tored on a monthly ba­sis against strict dead­lines, the of­fi­cial said.

States will be clas­si­fied into red (poor), yel­low (av­er­age) and green (good), based on which the min­istries con­cerned and state of­fi­cials will be asked to fo­cus on weak ar­eas. For in­stance, when it comes to in­fant and ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity rates, states such as Ut­tar Pradesh, Bi­har, Odisha, Mad­hya Pradesh, Jhark­hand, Ch­hat­tis­garh and Ra­jasthan have been marked red in re­la­tion to tar­gets un­der the 12th Plan.

“Sep­a­rate meet­ings with MPs of fo­cus states be­sides re­quest­ing gov­er­nors of these states to in­vite MLAs of worst-af­fected dis­tricts to sen­si­tise them are some of the tar­geted in­ter­ven­tions by the Aayog,” said the of­fi­cial cited above.

On ed­u­ca­tion, states such as Mad­hya Pradesh, As­sam, Ch­hat­tis­garh and Jhark­hand have been marked red ow­ing the poor qual­ity of in­struc­tion im­parted. In the pre-

FILE PHOTO sen­ta­tion on ru­ral devel­op­ment, Ut­tarak­hand, Bi­har, Jhark­hand and As­sam need close mon­i­tor­ing when it comes to con­nect­ing habi­ta­tions un­der the Prad­han Mantri Gram Sadak Yo­jana.

“Across sec­tors, five to six states are not per­form­ing, as a re­sult of which In­dia’s po­si­tion has come down in the health and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors,” the of­fi­cial said.

The Aayog is cre­at­ing a dash­board that will help its core mon­i­tor­ing team check the progress on im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Prime Min­is­ter's de­ci­sions at these meet­ings on a monthly ba­sis. Dash­boards are also be­ing used to mon­i­tor progress on the Make in In­dia cam­paign and state-level busi­ness re­form ac­tion plans.

States will be clas­si­fied into red (poor), yel­low (av­er­age) and green (good), based on which the min­istries con­cerned and state of­fi­cials will be asked to fo­cus on weak ar­eas

NITI Aayog's CEO Amitabh Kant has made sev­eral out­come-based pre­sen­ta­tions to the PM last month on sec­tors such as ed­u­ca­tion, health and ru­ral devel­op­ment

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