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Message from Index Developer , Mr. Imtiyaz Ahmad, Joint Director Planning, Bandipore

Panchayat Development Index (PDI) is a vital statistical tool to capture movement in Development at grass root level and to witness impact of centrally sponsored schemes at Panchayat level. The index is applicable to all Panchayats across the country. The index shall evaluate a base score of each Panchayat and keep stakeholders viz. District officers, PRI functionaries, frontline workers etc motivated towards improving PDI through a real time monitoring feature.

 There are 81 outcome indicators spread over six thematic areas of Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Allied, Skill & Self Employment, Financial inclusion and Basic infrastructure with suitable weightage. The index is modified version of successful Programme TAD (transformation of Aspirational District) of NITI AYOG and 18 indicators have been used from TAD Programme having relevance to MDG (Millennium Development Goals) of United Nations. Fresh 63 outcome indicators have been devised after elaborative discussions with District officers & PRI functionaries. The Project has been segmented into two phases viz. preparation & launch of index and making of online Dashboard for data entry & analytical reporting. Phase one has been completed and work on phase two is in progress. A technical team from Rajasthan has been entrusted with the job of online Dashboard preparation. Suggestive measures have been worked out with stakeholders to improve the outcome indicators and have been articulated in chapter 2 of this booklet.

My special thanks goes to District Development Commissioner, Bandipore, Mr. Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, for continuous guidance and supervision during the preparation of index. His valuable and timely inputs have helped to make this index more vibrant and more user friendly.

I am grateful to HOD Statistics, Kashmir University Prof. M.A.K. Baig for associating two Ph.D. scholars with this project to have feel of practical use of statistical tools. Ms. Saima Manzoor Sofi and Ms. Safeena Peerzada have observed the index preparation and its test run with all keenness and this will help them to contribute equally or in more better way to official statistical system in J&K.

           Thanks to District Informatics Officer Mr. Mala Ram, who is lending technical support to phase two of project in collaboration with e-Governance Mission.

My sincere thanks to LDM Bandipore, District officers, PRI Functionaries, HMIS operators of Health, Frontline workers of ICDS, Education, Officers of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Technical Education, RDD, Social welfare, PWD, PMGSY Departments for elaborative discussions and wish them best of luck for finalization of base scores in all 151 Panchayats. In fact 90% of Base scores have been firmed up by 15th Dec, 2019.

Lastly, the index is dedicated to people of Bandipore as “Statisticians New Year Gift” and I am hopeful that this shall prove to be a vital tool in rapid transformation of all 151 Panchayats.

                                                                                      Imtiyaz Ahmad, CPO Bandipore

                                                                                                                                                                                             Joint Director E&S