DAPRG Secretary honoured for creating first District Good Gov Index

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New Delhi: Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DAPRG) Secretary V Srinivas was felicitated for his outstanding contribution in developing the first District Good Governance Index (DGGI) for the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha felicitated him at the launch event of the DGGI at Jammu on Saturday in the presence of Dr Jitendra Singh, MOS in PMO and Personnel, PG and Pensions. Participating virtually in the event Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the launch of the DGGI is a matter of pride not only for the UT of J&K but for the entire country.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Srinivas said , the conceptualization and formulation of an index, that measures the diversity of governance model in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, could not be completed without support of Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Ji and Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta ji. The Index also provides a roadmap for similar benchmarking of Governance at District level for all States and Union Territories of India.

The Union Minister of Home and Cooperation Amit Shah had released the National Good Governance Index on December 25, 2021. The GGI indicated that Jammu and Kashmir had registered an increase of 3.7 percent in Good Governance Indicators over the 2019 to 2021 period. Strong performances were witnessed in Commerce and Industry, Agriculture and Allied Sectors, Public Infrastructure & Utilities, Judiciary and Public Safety Sectors.

Significant improvements were reported in Ease of Doing Business, Tax collection, Skill trainings imparted, Connectivity to rural habitations, Economic empowerment of women, Health insurance coverage and Housing for all. There were improvements in conviction rates, disposal of court cases and proportion of women police personnel. Citizen Centric Governance sector also witnessed a strong performance.

Mr Srinivas said, in this backdrop of strong governance performance at National level, the Government of Jammu & Kashmir’s initiative of benchmarking governance at District level assumes considerable significance.

“The District Good Governance Index has helped identify the impact of various governance interventions at district level and provide a futuristic roadmap for improving district level governance with targeted interventions”, he added.

He said the DGGI of J&K represents a significant milestone in realizing the vision of Prime Minister for Next Generation Administrative Reforms during the Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav period; 75 years of India’s Independence.

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