NITI Aayog, announces partnership with three States each to radically transform their Health and Education sectors, major push to competitive, cooperative federalism.
- NITI Aayog has selected Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Karnataka to improve healthcare delivery and key outcomes in these States.
- In Education, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand have been selected for support to better learning outcomes.
- The six States have been chosen after a rigorous competitive process based on comprehensive metrics to determine potential for impact and likelihood of success.
How is the process ?
- States were called to, first, express intent of collaborating with NITI Aayog to better their Health and Education indices.
- States then made presentations for each sector which was assessed by a committee comprised of senior members of NITI Aayog and Health and Education ministries.
- The States highlighted the initiatives undertaken by them thus far, their willingness to accelerate improvement and justified why they should be selected for the institutional support being offered by NITI Aayog.
Evaluation of states
- On thorough technical evaluation, the chosen States have committed to time-bound, governance reforms in both sectors.
- A Program Management Unit to push for efficiency and efficacy in governance structures and service delivery will now be available in the six chosen States for a period of 30 months.
- It is expected that these three years of focussed attention and support from the premier think tank will lead to a marked transformation and also provide a model for other States to replicate and adapt.
Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital
This three-way partnership between NITI, State Governments and a knowledge partner for each of the sectors is part of the Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH) initiative of NITI Aayog.
NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’ with the State Governments. The vision of the program is to initiate transformation in the education and health sectors. The program addresses the need expressed by many states for technical support from NITI .
Source : The Hindu
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