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J-K to have district-level Governance Index soon, says MoS Jitendra Singh

Jammu and Kashmir will soon become the first Union Territory in the country to have a district-level Good Governance Index, Union Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh said.

Disclosing this after receiving an update from the newly appointed Secretary of Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Union Ministry of Personnel, V Srinivas, MoS Jitendra Singh said, “Centre will set up District Good Governance Index (DGGI) in Jammu and Kashmir and the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) will carry out this task in collaboration with the Union Territory Government. The framework of the proposed Index has been finalized with the technical support from the Centre for Good Governance (CGG) Hyderabad.”

“Jammu and Kashmir will soon become the first Union Territory in the country to have a district-level Good Governance Index,” he added.
The Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen that we should replicate in Jammu and Kashmir the same best practices of governance which are followed in other States and Union Territories of the country.

He said, for a long time, as a result of certain constitutional and administrative constraints, many of the Central Rules of Department of Personnel and Training and ARPG were not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir, but in the last over two years, there has been a fast-track attempt to change the work culture and to follow the Mantra of “Maximum Governance, Minimum Government”, which has been the guiding principle at the Centre and States ever since the PM Modi government came in 2014.

Good Governance Index at the district level will enable each of the 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir to rise to the level of some of the best-administered districts of the country, with time-bound disposal of office files and other matters, increased transparency, increased accountability and increased citizen participation, said Dr Jitendra Singh.

“The next step would be to carry forward these Good Governance practices down to Tehsil and Block level,” he added.
The DGGI framework has 58 Indicators drawn from different aspects of development and district administration distributed in all-encompassing 10 sectors such as Agriculture and allied sector, Commerce and Industry, Human Resource Development, Public Health, Public Infrastructure and Utilities, Economic Governance, Welfare and Development, Public Safety and Judiciary and Citizen Centric Governance.

These indicators were finalized after a series of consultations with the District officials of the Jammu and Kashmir government, Academia, Subject Specialists, etc. Looking at the availability of authentic published data and other key principles, the set of indicators have been finalized from a larger list of 135 to 58.

To compute the index and rank, the districts on their performance based on finalized 58 indicators, an elaborate exercise of data collation followed by rigorous data sanitization was undertaken. Final index computation process using standard and tested data normalization and scoring methods is underway. This would result in coming out with Division-wise and District-wise ranks of the districts. While there will be a comprehensive rank of districts based on composite 10 Sectors, the DGGI will also offer a window on the indicator-wise performance of the districts.


BSF constable injured in encounter with smugglers; huge cache of drugs, arms seized

A BSF jawan was injured in an exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Friday, and the force recovered 47 kg heroin, two pistols and some ammunition, police said.
Gurdaspur Senior Superintendent of Police, Nanak Singh, told over the phone that 47 kg of heroin, two pistols, some live ammunition and seven packets of opium have been recovered.
The incident took place at 5:15 am in an area falling under border outpost Chandu Wadala.
“At about 5.15 am today, BSF jawan observed movement near the fence and fired on the Pakistan smugglers. Pakistan smugglers also retaliated and in the firing, one jawan got injured and is stable now,” said BSF in a statement.
The jawan suffered a bullet injury in his head during the exchange of fire between the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and Pakistani smugglers, the SSP said, adding that he has been rushed to a hospital
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Centre likely to issue advisory on reopening schools soon

The Union health ministry is likely to issue an advisory to states on reopening schools with Covid appropriate norms, sources in the government told. “The government is working on some model to open the schools due to increasing demands by parents. The health ministry has already asked its expert team to look into all the options for opening schools,” the sources said.

There has been increased pressure on the government from parents and schools to reopen education facilities as the number of Covid-19 cases in India declines.

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A few states and Union territories have already announced the reopening of schools for classes 10 to 12 with the condition that students between the age group 15 to 18 can attend offline classes only if they had had at least one dose of vaccination. In addition, all staff and students above 18 must be vaccinated with both doses.

Despite being among the worst-affected states, Maharashtra has reopened school for all classes. Haryana and Chandigarh have announced the reopening of schools for classes 10 to 12. Delhi government has recommended the same to Lt Governor. Tamil Nadu government is also expected to make a similar announcement soon.

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Covid-19: India reports over 2.51 lakh new cases with positivity rate at 15.88%; 627 deaths

India recorded 2,51,209 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 627 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Friday (January 28), the country saw 3,47,443 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 93.60 per cent, and total recoveries data reached 3,80,24,771.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have declined to 21,05,611 (5.18 per cent), the ministry data showed today.

The total death toll in the country is now at 4,92,327. The first death due to the COVID pandemic in India was reported in March 2020.

The daily positivity rate is at 15.88 per cent today. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 72,37,48,555 samples have been tested up to January 27 for COVID-19. Of these, 15,82,307 samples were tested on Thursday.

Also Read: J&K govt orders transfers, postings in civil administration

Meanwhile, according to data released by the health department, Delhi reported 4,291 fresh Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 34 deaths. As a result, the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) in the national capital dropped to 9.56 per cent.

On Wednesday, the national capital reported 7,498 fresh COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths in a day as the positivity rate rose marginally to 10.59 per cent.

In view of the decline in fresh Covid cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority decided to lift weekend curfew and the odd-even system of opening non-essential shops in the city besides allowing restaurants, bars, cinema halls and theatres to reopen with 50 per cent capacity.

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Covid-19 Stats

29 Jan 2022, 1:33 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

40,854,851 Total Cases
493,218 Death Cases
38,346,367 Recovered Cases


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