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Daily Current Affairs : 26-Dec-2019

Major Topics Covered :

  1. ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE INDEX’ LAUNCHED BY MOS (PP) DR JITENDRA SINGH ON ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE DAY’

  2. PRIME MINISTER RELEASES OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF JAL JEEVAN MISSION (JJM)

  3. DESERT LOCUST

  4. MADAN MOHAN MALAVIYA

  5. INTERSEX CHILDREN

  6. SUICIDE

  7. SAPTAMATRIKAS

  8. SWADESH DARSHAN SCHEME

  9. ALL VILLAGES TO HAVE FREE WIFI SERVICES BY MARCH 2020: GOVT

  10. CANCER


‘GOOD GOVERNANCE INDEX’ LAUNCHED BY MOS (PP) DR JITENDRA SINGH ON ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE DAY’

Part of GS- 2 Polity and Governance


Why in news?

Good Governance Index has been scientifically designed on various parameters of governance: Dr Jitendra Singh 15th edition of Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure (CSMOP) released Handbook for Retiring Central Government Employees and Smart Card facility for Department Canteen of DoPT launched


Highlights:

  • The MoS (PP) Dr Jitendra Singh launched the ‘Good Governance Index’ at an event organized by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, on the occasion of Good Governance Day, here today.

  • The Good Governance Day (25 Dec) is observed on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

  • Addressing on the occasion, Secretary, DoPT & DARPG, Dr. C. Chandramouli said that these measures reflect that the Ministry is equipping the employees to understand how to use digital platforms in functioning. He added that Government is also committed to the welfare of its ex-employees and it is taken care by the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare.

  • The Good Governance Index is a uniform tool across States to assess the Status of Governance and impact of various interventions taken up by the State Government and UTs. The objectives of GGI are to provide quantifiable data to compare the state of governance in all states and UTs, enable states and UTs to formulate and implement suitable strategies for improving governance and shift to result oriented approaches and administration.

  • Various principles have been kept in mind while selecting the indicators, i.e. it should be easy to understand & calculate, citizen-centric & result driven, leading to improved results and applicable to all states and UTs, among others. Various consultation meetings were held with the stakeholders, including consultations with sector experts, ministries, states & UTs.

  • These ten Governance Sectors are measured on total 50 indicators.

  • The states and UTs are divided into three groups: a). Big States, b). North-East & Hill States and c). UTs.

  • The states and UTs are ranked on all indicators separately, at the same time composite ranking is also calculated for these states and UTs under their respective groups based upon these indicators.


The GGI takes into consideration ten sectors:

1). Agriculture and Allied Sectors,

2). Commerce & Industries,

3). Human Resource Development,

4). Public Health,

5). Public Infrastructure & Utilities,

6). Economic Governance,

7). Social Welfare & Development,

8). Judicial & Public Security,

9). Environment and

10). Citizen-Centric Governance.


Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure (CSMOP):


The 1st CSMOP was published in 1955 and has been updated from time to time. The last edition (14th edition) was published in 2015.


To meet the requirements of digital environment, DARPG has brought out 15th edition of CSMOP which integrates conventional office practices with e-office.


The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has brought out a Handbook for Retiring Central Government Employee, including All India Service Officers, to make them, as well as their families, aware of their entitlements and various procedural formalities with respect to their retirement benefits.


The Department has brought out a compendium on pension related orders issued during 2018-19 which contains important orders which inter-alia include:-


Amendment of Rule 38 of CCS (Pension) Rule to grant Invalid Pension to even those Government Employees who retire on medical ground with a qualifying service of less than 10 years, Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners who retired in 5th CPC scale of Rs.6500-10500, w.r.t. higher grade pay of Rs.4600/- (instead of Rs.4200/-) as applicable to serving employees, Grant of two family pensions to reemploy