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SKOCH State of Governance Report Card for 2021 released

Andhra Pradesh bags top spot, West Bengal & Odisha complete Top 3 

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GURUGRAM, India, March 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The SKOCH Group todayreleased the SKOCH Governance Report Card for 2021, ranking the statesaccording to their performance in various projects at state, district and municipal level. Andhra Pradesh bagged the number 1 spot for thesecond consecutive year. 

The SKOCH State of Governance report is an annual report that studies project level outcomes across various states of India. For 2021, West Bengal, Odisha, Gujarat and Maharashtra, with Andhra completed the top 5 “Star States” inIndia. Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assamand Himachal Pradesh were deemed the “Performers” and completed the Top 10. 

Odisha, Assam and Himachal Pradesh were deemed the “Trailblazers” for their exceptional improvement in the rankings between 2020 and 2021. AssamandHimachal Pradesh improved on their previous year’s ranking of 23rdand16th and finished 9th and 10th respectively. Odisha showed the most improvement in Water, Geology & Mining, and Women & Child Development. Assam did well in Water, District Administration & Rural Development, whileHimachal Pradesh showed improvement across the sectors. 

Speaking about the release of the report, Mr. Sameer Kochar, Chairman SKOCHGroup, said, “Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha are doing remarkablework in a number of verticals like Agriculture, Transport, eGovernance andEaseof Doing Business and that is why these states are constantly doing well inour yearly State of Governance Report Card. Assam, Himachal Pradesh, J&K(UT) and Chattisgarh have made the biggest jumps. The competition betweenthestates is growing fiercer with each passing year and we are seeing a lot of verygood projects being initiated and completed in record times.” 

“The SKOCH State of Governance Report is important as it is the only openandunbiased report card based purely on the performance of the state governmentsin various projects at different levels. We believe that scrutiny of these projectsisvital to good governance, and we are doing our bit in promoting it and holdingthe states responsible,” he added. 

The SKOCH State of Governance report also maps the shifting interests of different state governments and provides valuable insights into governancetrends and opportunities. In 2021, eGovernance, Health and Agriculturesawincreased focus while the focus on Urban Development, Transport and Education decreased. In 2022, we might see a renewed focus on education, owing totheopening of educational institutes after a substantial period.

The report is backed by a meticulous and exhaustive methodology wherethebest performing projects are submitted by the states for evaluation &theprojects are first vetted by SKOCH research analysts and evaluated by a jury of three domain experts. After jury and peer evaluation, the shortlisted projects areput to a popular vote on the website. This is supported by field researchtoassess the impact of the projects on the intended targets. Merit-listed projectsgarner expert votes through exhibition and live polls to get an overall score, which decides the ranking of the state.

The full report is available at andthesurvey has opened for 2022. The application process for states is hostedat 

About SKOCH Award

SKOCH Award, independently instituted in 2003, is India’s honest civilian honour conferred by an independent organisation as a third party assessment. It is theonly award in the country that is based on felt-needs assessment and outcomeevaluation based on evidence. It therefore, recognises people, projects andinstitutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation. SKOCHAwardis conferred for having made a definitive impact on governance improvement and growth of India. These are based on primary research, nominations andrecommendations by the Collegium of past SKOCH Awardees andtheDistinguished Fellows of SKOCH Development Foundation. SKOCH Award comeswith a backing of reputation of more than two decades. It is distinctive for itsapproach of selection of awardees. The SKOCH Award not only acknowledgesexceptional achievers – organisations and individuals – but also spursinstitutional guidance and best practices. 

About SKOCH Group

SKOCH Group is India’s leading think tank dealing with socio-economic issueswith a focus on inclusive growth since 1997. The Group companies includeaconsulting wing, a media wing and a charitable foundation. SKOCH Group is ableto bring an Indian felt-needs context to strategies and engages with Fortune-500companies, State Owned Enterprises, Government to SMEs and Community- Based Organisations with equal ease. The repertoire of services includes fieldinterventions, consultancy, research reports, impact assessments, policy briefs, books, journals, workshops and conferences. SKOCH Group hasinstituted India’s highest independent civilian honours in the field of governance, finance, technology, economics and social sector. 

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