First meeting of State Level Sustainable Development Goals Steering Committee chaired by Chief Minister
“State Indicator Framework” and “Baseline and Progress Report 2020” released
On the lines of State Indicator Framework, ‘District Indicator Framework’ will also be finalized soon
Raipur, July 13
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has said that State Government’s plans and development agenda are linked to Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. State Government aims to leave no one behind when it comes to development. State government is determined to provide the benefits of government schemes to even the last person of the society.
Chief Minister Baghel was addressing the first meeting of State Level Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Steering Committee, constituted to review the Sustainable Development Goals, at his residence office here on July 12. Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly include ending poverty, protecting the environment, reducing economic inequality and ensuring peace and justice for all.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that state government is making efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through public welfare schemes such as mid-day meal, Chief Minister’s Food Security Scheme, Universal Public Distribution System, Haat Bazar and Mohalla Clinic Scheme, Mahtari Jatan Yojna, Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay, Suraji Gaon Yojna, Godhan Nyay Yojana etc. Chief Minister released the “State Indicator Framework” prepared by State Planning Commission for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal and the “Baseline and Progress Report 2020” based on the same. In the meeting, he directed the departments to work expeditiously to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Chief Minister said that with the ‘State Indicator Framework’ prepared by Chhattisgarh State Planning Commission, systematic evaluation and monitoring can be done to achieve the targets, which will improve the implementation of departmental plans, programs and improve the ranking of the state. In this framework, 275 indicators have been determined to evaluate 17 targets and each indicator has been mapped to the departments, and various schemes have also been mapped. The indicators determined for each SDG target by the Planning Commission will help the departments to ensure timely completion of all targets and systematic evaluation of the same.
Baghel said that soon the District Indicator Framework would also be finalized on the lines of the State Indicator Framework. All the districts would be ranked on the basis of their performance. Chief Minister said that the NITI Aayog has recently released “SDG India Index”, in which Chhattisgarh has been ranked in the category of “Performer” state with 61 marks. The state has secured the highest position in the entire country in terms of gender equality.
Chief Minister said that the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) was adopted by the international community in the 70th meeting of United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015. In this meeting, the community had resolved to start the program of sustainable development by accepting 17 goals, 169 sub-goals and 231 indicators. Our country India is also determined to achieve each of the SDG. Similarly, Chhattisgarh is also determined to achieve the goals under this nega campaign of human welfare.
Chief Minister said that in order to ensure the participation of everyone in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, State Planning Commission organized workshops of civil society, business organisations, teachers of universities, subject experts and youth to create awareness about the campaign.
Minister for Planning, Economics and Statistics, Amarjit Bhagat said that the State Indicator Framework prepared by Planning Commission will be helpful in effectively implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in the state. Planning Commission has also prepared the progress report, in which indicator wise progress has been stated.
He advised the heads of departments and district officers to monitor various schemes on the basis of this framework.
He said that despite the lockdown, the State Planning Commission has made a commendable effort to prepare this framework in coordination with the concerned departments. Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar pointed out the need for quality data collection, improving the ranking of the target-wise state in the index.
State Planning Commission’s Deputy Chairman Ajay Singh gave information about the efforts made for achievement of sustainable development goals, assessment, determination of institutional structure, committees constituted for monitoring and monitoring at the state and district level. He said that for better implementation of SDGs, two committees have been constituted at the state level under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel and Chief Secretary, and at the district level committees have been constituted under the chairmanship of District Collector.
Advisor to Chief Minister Pradeep Sharma informed in the meeting that so far only a few states have finalized the ‘SDG Indicator Framework and Progress Report’. The state of Chhattisgarh has been placed in the category of performer in the index. And the state has a great potential for improvement. Indicator framework prepared by Chhattisgarh on priority basis will enable all the sectors to be effectively activated for all round development.
The meeting was attended by Planning and Statistics Minister Amarjit Bhagat, Forest and Climate Change Minister Mohammad Akbar, Industries Minister Kawasi Lakhma, Women and Child Development Minister Anila Bhendia, Advisor to Chief Minister Pradeep Sharma and Rajesh Tiwari, Deputy Chairman of State Planning Commission. Ajay Singh, Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Subrata Sahoo, Secretary to Chief Minister Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Member State Planning Commission Dr. K. Subramaniam, Member Secretary Anoop Kumar Srivastava, Joint Director of State Planning Commission Dr. Neetu Gourdia were present at the Chief Minister’s residence. Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey, School Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam and Labor Minister Shivkumar Dahria attended the meeting virtually.