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About The Panchayat Development Index

Context:

Recently, the Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj informed Lok Sabha about the Panchayat Development Index.

Relevance:

GS II: Government policies and Interventions

Panchayat Development Index

Index Composition and Purpose

  • Comprehensive, multi-faceted index designed for evaluating panchayats’ holistic growth and progress.
  • Incorporates diverse socio-economic metrics to measure local community welfare within panchayat regions.

Role in Sustainable Development

  • Crucial for gauging performance and advancements towards localized Sustainable Development Goals in rural sectors.
  • Includes a Local Indicators Framework based on nine Sustainable Development Goal themes.

Thematic Areas of Evaluation

  • Focus areas include: eradicating poverty, promoting livelihood, ensuring health, child welfare, water adequacy, environmental sustainability, infrastructural sufficiency, social justice, effective governance, and women’s empowerment.

Grading System

  • Panchayats are scored and assigned to one of four grades: D (<40%), C (40-60%), B (60-75%), A (75-90%), and A+ (>90%).

Importance of the Index

  • Aids in pinpointing rural development needs and discrepancies.
  • Supports the creation of tailored policies to advance rural community well-being and achieve development objectives.

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