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NITI Aayog sets timeline for social sector programmes

States will be classified into red, yellow, green after which officials will be asked to focus on areas

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Publish Date: Apr 11 2016 12:18PM | Updated Date: Apr 11 2016 2:55PM

NITI Aayog sets timeline for social sector programmes

 The NITI Aayog will draw up schedules for key social sector programmes to counter the criticism that implementation has been slow even two years after the Narendra Modi government took over. 

 
The Aayog's Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant made several outcome-based presentations to the Prime Minister last month on sectors such as education, health, rural development and infrastructure. 
 
Timelines have been established to achieve progress in areas that are lagging behind. "The theme of these presentations is to drive implementation on the ground because unless things change on the ground there will be no visible impact," a senior Aayog official told ET. Progress will be monitored on a monthly basis against strict deadlines, the official said.
 
States will be classified into red (poor), yellow (average) and green (good), based on which the ministries concerned and state officials will be asked to focus on weak areas.
 
For instance, when it comes to infant and maternal mortality rates, states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have been marked red in relation to targets under the 12th Plan. 
 
The Aayog is creating a dashboard that will help its core monitoring team check the progress on implementation of the Prime Minister's decisions at these meetings on a monthly basis. Dashboards are also being used to monitor progress on the Make in India campaign and state-level business reform action plans.