UT progress tracker:
A Progress Tracker dashboard for Union Territories of India (UTs) has been developed to monitor and track the monthly progress of various developmental schemes/ projects/ initiatives of the Government (https://progresstracker.gov.in/user) and to meet the data gaps for real time policy interventions. NITI Aayog/MHA undertake quarterly review of the progress of the implementation of the key schemes/projects /initiatives under the National Development Agenda. This monitoring has impacted the delivery of services in UTs significantly. As of now, the tracker monitors the progress of 42 developmental schemes/ projects/initiatives. NITI Aayog is now developing a Union Territory Development Index (UTDI) to rank the performance of UTs on various developmental parameters and to promote a competitive spirit amongst the UTs to expedite the process of development.
United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) 2018-2022:
UNSDF 2018-2022 is a five-year planning instrument that outlines an action-oriented UN response to key national developmental priorities in India, integrating the Sustainable Development Goals. NITI Aayog is the national counterpart for the UN in India for the operationalisation of the UNSDF.
A signature ceremony has been organized between NITI Aayog and the United Nations in India on 28 September 2018. The Framework document was signed by the CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India Yuri Afanasiev. The agreement is a reflection of the commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.
The First Joint Steering Committee meeting for the implementation of UNSDF (2018-22) was held under co-chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India with the officials of MEA, DEA and Conveners of 7 UNSDF Strategic Priority areas on 17th December 2018 at NITI Aayog.
Restructuring of the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)
To leverage the pivotal role of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), the Expert Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of former Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog had recommended restructuring of the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA). Based on the recommendation of the Committee, RGSA became a Centrally Sponsored Scheme under the administrative control of Ministry of Panchayati Raj from 2018-19 to 2021-22 to address the challenges faced by the States.
The scheme is geared to developing governance capabilities of Panchayati Raj Institutions to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. Under the capacity building component of RGSA, training programmes for over 88 lakh elected representatives and Panchayat functionaries were sanctioned during 2017-18.
New Guidelines have been issued to Ministry of Panchayati Raj for transparent and equitable allocation of funds amongst the States who were deprived of the Central fund under the areas covered under Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
Some major activities undertaken by the vertical for Ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Tourism, Culture, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice and Earth Sciences are as follows:
(i) Information & Broadcasting
Draft Cabinet notes on:
- Closure of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Ltd. and Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and Rationalization / Merger of Films Division (FD), National Films Archive of India (NFAI) and Directorate of Film Festival (DFF)’ under the aegis of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
- Revised EFC proposal of Prasar Bharati (DD/AIR) for continuation of the scheme of Broadcasting Infrastructure Network Development.
- EFC proposal for the scheme “Development Communication & Information Dissemination” for the year 2017-2020.
- NITI Aayog issued specific comments on a proposal received from the Government of Himachal Pradesh for Development of Tourism Infrastructure for Himachal Pradesh under ADB funding. The project report was revised accordingly incorporating the recommendations of NITI Aayog. NITI Aayog has supported the proposal.
- Under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism, a draft Cabinet Bill was prepared for upgradation of National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) to an Institution of National Importance (INI) to be named as National Institute of Hospitality Management (NIHM) by an Act of Parliament with powers to award degrees, diploma and certificates in its field of competence in India.
- A Research Study has been commissioned to Development Oriented Operations Research and Surveys (DOORS) on ‘Reviewing the visitor facilities at 50 of 116 ticketed monuments (including World Heritage Sites) for suggesting the way forward for making them World Class Tourist Places’. Field work has begun. Monuments in Assam and Tamil Nadu have been visited. Field work is in progress in Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana. Secondary information has been collected from the Archaeological Survey of India.
NITI Aayog through the SC&DP Vertical also provides a platform for resolution of inter-sectoral and inter-departmental issues in order to leverage the road blocks in the mines sector. The key objectives of the Vertical are to have effective consultation with the stake holders in order to ensure:
(a) Raw material security for all user industries
(b) enhanced co- production of by-product metals - Technology Metals, Energy Critical Metals & Rare Earth Elements
(c) ensuring sustainability of the environment.
To achieve these objectives, Minerals Vertical focusses on strengthening of institutions, encouraging R&D and technology development, creation of infrastructure, skill development, ensuring full and productive coverage of survey and exploration, development of a database of mineral resources, environmental sustainability of mining and suitable policy changes in line with the overall strategy. The vision is to encourage optimum mineral exploitation, decrease the import of various minerals and to strengthen the supply chain by means of value addition and make the sector more robust which will provide impetus to the “Make in India” programme of the Government.
This Division examined various proposals meant for the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA), Expenditure Finance Committee(EFC), Standing Finance Committee (SFC) from the concerned ministries and supported the proposals with its constructive suggestions.
Some major specific activities undertaken by the division during the period under report are as follows:
- A draft Memorandum of Understanding between Atomic Minerals Directorate, Government of the Republic of India and Public Authority of Mining, Sultanate of Oman on “Co-operation in the field of Exploration of Mineral Resources in the Territory of Sultanate of Oman” has been prepared and submitted for approval to the Ministry of External Affairs.
- Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Note seeking approval for implementation of umbrella scheme “Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing System & Services (ACROSS).
- Cabinet Committee on National Mineral Policy, 2018.
- Cabinet Note for amending the Section 21(5) of the Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) 1957.
- Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for issue of fresh equity though QIP route.
- “Policy frame work on Utilization of Fly ash and Slag” focusing on the methodologies to explore and pursue R&D and to promote / enhance utilization of Steel (LD & EAF) slag in areas like road making, along with optimum utilization of fly ash.
- A Workshop / Meeting on “District Mineral Fund” assessing the quantum of work carried out by the States and Union Territories was analysed by this division and necessary guidance has been issued to the States & UT’s for utilizing the fund effectively in the mining districts.
[More detailed note on Mineral Sector Reforms is given in Section B of the report, on Policy & Programme Framework]
NITI Aayog along with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has come forward to prepare the context for the comprehensive inter-ministerial approach towards ‘Cultivating vibrant, diplomatic, strategic and economic relations across the world: understanding the centrality of promotion of cultural relations”. A coordination committee has been constituted to facilitate interaction between the ministries / departments, create convergence and focus on integrating India’s soft power into its external relations particularly harnessing and focusing on its spiritual, cultural and philosophical dimensions. The first meeting of the Coordination Committee was held under the Chairmanship of VCH, NITI Aayog on 29th November, 2018.
SFCs / EFCs / PIBs / DIB / ATR / Action Plans/ Special Plans / Miscellaneous matters dealt in the Division:
- SFC memorandum on Appraisal of New Scheme namely ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’ under 14th Finance Commission period have been responded.
- SFC memorandum for appraisal of ongoing ‘Scheme of Financial Assistance for Creation of Cultural infrastructure’
- Examined the EAP proposal for consideration of possible funding under NDB for: Establishment of Gyan Mandir - a world class library at Gangtok, East Sikkim
(v) Panchayati Raj and Law and Justice
Appraisal of Cabinet notes by the Vertical:
- Draft Note for the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) seeking approval for implementation of the CSS of “Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)” for the period 1.04.2018 to 31.03.2022 at the total cost of Rs.7255.50 (Central Share of Rs.4500.00 crore and State share Rs.2755.50 crore).
- Draft Cabinet Note on National Policy on Official Statistics (NPOS) and comments have been forwarded to DM&A Vertical.
- Draft Note for the Cabinet on the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for approval of (i) Introduction of the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill 2018; and (ii) Creation of posts at different levels in Department of Legal Affairs and appointment of mediators and support staffs at mediation centres at Delhi and Other Union Territories.
- Draft Note for the Cabinet on “Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendments) Bill, 2018”.
- Examined and furnished comments on the Draft Cabinet Note on the Specific Relief Act, 1963, seeking approval for defining and amending the laws relating to certain kinds of Specific Relief granted by Courts for ensuring individual civil rights.
SFCs / EFCs / PIBs / DIB / ATR / Action Plans/ Special Plans / Miscellaneous matters dealt by the Division:
- Appraised a Standing Finance Committee (SFC) Memorandum of Ministry of Law & Justice for the requirement of additional 1,30,830 voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVAPT) units projected by the Election Commission of India
- Participated with Ministry of Law & Justice for finalisation a manual/handbook for Skill Balance at district/local level administration for implementation of CSSs as per recommendations made by group of Secretaries on Governance, including information on “Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary at district level.”
- Examined the DIB proposal received from Department of Legal Affairs regarding purchase of office space for the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal at World Trade Centre, Nauroji Nagar from NBCC (India) Ltd.
- Examined action plan for uploading Subordinate Legislation on India Code Portal (ICP) in compliance with the Delhi High Court Order dated 22.09.2017. The views on action taken report were conveyed to the Cabinet Secretariat.
- Provided suggestions/comments for meeting with Fifteenth Finance Commission with regard to the Terms of Reference of the Fifteenth Finance Commission on issues relating to Panchayati Raj.
The SC&DP vertical actively participated in the 18th Empowered Committee Meeting (ECM) on “eCourts Mission Mode Project” held on June 14, 2018.