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Message from Mr. Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza (KAS) , District Development Commissioner, Bandipore (22 Feb 2019- 28 May 2020)

The District Administration Bandipore is honoured to intimate finalization of Panchayat Development Index (PDI) for all its panchayats. The PDI has been prepared by Mr. Imtiyaz Ahmad, Joint Director Planning Bandipore after elaborative discussions with line Departments and is applicable to all Districts in J&K. The concept mainly resembles with successful Aspirational District programme of NITI AYOG. The PDI is spread over 6 thematic areas viz. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and allied, Skill Development and Self Employment, Financial Inclusion, and Basic infrastructure with assigned weights of 30%, 30%, 20%, 10%, 5% and 5% respectively. Although some of indicators in Health &Nutrition and Education have been taken from TAD programme, however the index has been modified by making it more vibrant and J&K specific. As for example, one of indicator in Basic Infrastructure has been kept as “Percentage of demands met in Back to Village –phase1st, in a Panchayat, to the total demands raised in respective Panchayat” etc.

     The following objectives have been envisaged in preparation of Panchayat Development Index (PDI) 

  • To capture the development and movement in development at grass root level.
  • To ensure rapid transformation of Panchayats by focused intervention in key areas.
  • To monitor outcome indicators on real time basis in Key sectors.
  • To generate positive competition among Panchayats.
  • To strengthen PRIs by participatory approach in Planning process
  • To increase capacity building of BDC chairpersons/Sarpanchs and sensitize them about other key areas of development viz. Health, Education, Agriculture, Skill etc instead of Rural Development sector only.
  • To keep Government functionaries motivated towards outcome indicators in their respective areas.
  • To adopt multi-sectoral approach through convergence, integration and focused attention.


I would like to place on record my appreciations to Imtiyaz Ahmad, Joint Director E&S (CPO Bandipore) for this pioneering work and expect phase 2nd of the project i.e., an analytical report and online dashboard shall be completed within two months time. Moreover, District Officers are now stakeholders in the process, should extend their full cooperation in data entry and its successful run in Bandipore.


                                                                                                                                                                     (Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza KAS)

                                                                                                                                                                   District Development Commissioner