United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has offered Haryana to work with it to evolve a world class mechanism of planning, budgeting and ensuring effective implementation through monitoring of various welfare schemes of the state government right upto the grass root level.
Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Jaco Cilliers, who called on Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal on Friday, also offered its technical support in achieving the state’s objective of inclusive growth and sustainable development. He said that 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been identified with 169 key indicators by the international community. The objective of SDGs was to produce a set of universally applicable goals that balance the three dimensions of sustainable development that is environmental, social, and economic through proper planning and integration of schemes.
Jaco Cilliers was also accomapied by Regional Team Leader, Inclusive Growth, UNDP Joseph D’ Cruz and Chief of Staff UN Residence Coordinator’s Office Radhika Kaul Batra.
The Chief Minister Manohar Lal said that the State Government was working with the spirit of ‘Antodaya’ to ensure that the benefit of various welfare schemes of the State Government reach the beneficiaries at grass root level. He said that he personally reviewed the CM e-Dashboard’ to monitor key parameters of various departments and ensure effective delivery of services and added that Key parameters of most of the departments would be on the CM e-Dashboard by the end of this year. He also asked Cilliers to evolve a mechanism to carryout survey at the grass root level to assess effect of various programmes on improvement in key development indicators.
Manohar Lal said that the government is actively working on various parameters like gender equality, poverty, quality education and industry. He said that when he took over the reins of administration, the State was lagging behind in terms of information technology. Now it has CM dashboard, CM Window, HARSAMAY and more such portals. During last one year the Government has made rapid strides in this direction. He said that Aadhar enabled biometric attendance system has been implemented in the offices of the State Government to enable the employees to mark their attendance. Apart from this, social security pensions including old age pension, post matric scholarship schemes for students have also been linked with Aadhar. He assured Mr Jaco Cilliers of full cooperation of the State Government in the implementation of this programme.
Jaco Cilliers informed the Chief Minister that 17 SDGs that would be worked upon included no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption, production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace, justice and strong institutions and partnerships for the goals. He said that provisional mapping of SDGs with some schemes of the State Government has been undertaken and most of the schemes fall in this framework.
Haryana Chief Secretary D.S Dhesi Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr Rakesh Gupta and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.