Arunachal SDG

Itanagar: The composite score of Arunachal Pradesh has improved from 53 to 60 during the last fiscal but the state needs to work on its overall ranking to be at par with the national average, NITI Aayog advisor Sanyukta Samaddar.

Samaddar said this at a two-day workshop cum webinar on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) India Index and Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) that began at the Dorjee Khandu Convention Hall here on Monday.

The workshop is being organised by the state’s Finance, Planning and Investment Department in collaboration with NITI Aayog. Leading the NITI Aayog team, Samaddar presented the details on the SDG India Index and Dashboard 2020-21.

Samaddar highlighted the report card and the performance at the national level and sub-national level for the officials concerned to take note for improving the performance. She said the implementation of SDG is not due to the international requirement but the country’s commitment to the world.

“Hence, every state government is committed to aligning their development agenda with these goals,” she said, also presenting the findings of MPI where Arunachal Pradesh is ranked 18th out of 28 states an MPI score of 0.108, a headcount ratio of 24.39% and an intensity of poverty at 44.22%.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who chaired the workshop, thanked NITI Aayog for deputing a team of officers for the workshop and emphasised improving the performance of schemes under important sectors like health, education, drinking water and rural connectivity. He also mentioned the problems faced by the people living in remote border areas and solicited NITI Aayog’s intervention in developing the border areas.

He appreciated the important role being played by NITI Aayog in helping the states in implementing and monitoring the SDGs and assured all cooperation from the state government to achieve the goals in a time-bound manner.

Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, taking note of the respective performances of various indicators, expressed concern regarding the shortcoming in implementation of certain schemes and called upon the departments concerned to improve the last-mile delivery and provide the latest and precise data so that the same is reflected in the MIS portals of the ministries concerned.

He requested NITI Aayog to hand-hold the state government for 100 days in identifying the actionable points for improving the state’s ranking. He also suggested drawing up a three-year action plan for improving the implementation of various schemes so that the state’s ranking can come up at least to the level of the national average.

Prashant Lokhande, Commissioner (Planning and Investment) said that in many cases, due to non-submission of correct data, the performance of the state is adversely reflected which should be avoided. “The departments concerned must ensure that accurate and consistent data are provided at all levels,” he said, calling upon the departments to verify the data being provided by them to the concerned ministries.

He also reminded the departments that performance is not based on expenditure but is based on outputs. Hence, all departments must concentrate on the proper and timely implementation of schemes.

The principal secretaries, commissioners, secretaries, special secretaries and deputy commissioners of the state attended the meeting, mostly virtually.

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