Source: Times of India


Governor Syed Ahmed released the 2012 edition of the Jharkhand Development Report, compiled and researched by a Hindi local daily, recently. "The report should not be seen as a criticism of governance in state, instead the people in power should identify the bottlenecks highlighted in the report to address them and take the state on the path of development," said Ahmad. Releasing the report in the presence of chief minister Arjun Munda, Congress MP Pradeep Balmuchu and JVM MP Ajay Kumar Singh, he said the report comprehensively dealt with statistics and data related to coverage of land under irrigation facility, availability of drinking water, status of heath and education in the state besides the surge in crime records. "We must take it in the positive spirit to devise methods for bringing better governance," he said.

Jharkhand development report is an annual publication of 'Prabhat Khabar' which presents a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis of the state under the guidance of eminent economist and market researcher Laveesh Bhandari of Indicus Analytics, New Delhi. Tracing the journey of Jharkhand from being a separate state to its present form, the report highlights the shortcomings as far as as the socio-economic parameters are concerned. The report for 2012 forms the seventh consecutive publication which serves as a ready reference tool for policy makers.

The contents and relevance of the study were highlighted by Harishwar Dayal, on behalf of Prabhat Khabar, who insisted that the main objective of the publication was to give an insight into the issues that require the attention of the government. "We have picked an analysis published by India today which ranked Jharkhand as 19th in the country over eight different parameters," he said. The uniqueness of the report lies in the fact that it has published the best and worst constituencies on basis of human development indices and facilities available to the people.

Chief minister Arjun Munda said that the data and statistics will enable the government to understand the areas that need specific attention. "The figures highlight achievements and shortfalls and we must utilize them accordingly," he said. Munda also hailed the daily for its contribution to the development of the state by highlighting both its achievements and shortcomings.