Thursday, 17 August 2017

Three states selected by NITI Aayog for transformative change in health and education sector

09 August 2017 | News

After thorough technical evaluation, the chosen states have committed to time-bound, governance reforms in both sectors

NITI Aayog has announced partnership with three states each to radically transform their health and education sectors.

While Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka are selected to improve healthcare delivery and key outcomes in these states, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand have been selected for support to better learning outcomes.

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. 

After 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. 

This three-way partnership between NITI Aayog, 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. 

SATH program was launched with a purpose to go beyond ranking states and to handhold them in improving their social sector indicators. SATH is a challenging and ambitious initiative as the baseline of various indicators and parameters of education and health in the States are in public domain. It defines a new dimension for cooperative federalism, where NITI Aayog and its knowledge partner will actively aid implementation of their recommendations, in addition to just policy inputs.

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