Jharkhand 2020: District Administrations Lead Good Governance Initiatives

District administrations led the good governance initiatives in Jharkhand during 2020. Several innovative measures were taken during the district administrations to deal with the challenges arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jharkhand, which is the 15th largest state by area, and the 14th largest by population in the country, has maintained its position steady in the ‘Catching Up’ category. A new government led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren completed one year in office on 29 December. Soren has deployed new technologies and social media to improve governance. Following are some of the noteworthy good governance projects implemented in the state.

Bori Bandh

There is huge scarcity of water in the hilly terrain in Chotanagpur Plateau of Jharkhand. Khunti district located in the region faces the problem of water scarcity frequently. Khunti district administration has taken measures to address water scarcity problem through community participation through a low cost high value Bori Bandh initiative.

Under this initiative a dam like structure have been created using locally available sources. The initiative has helped in mitigating issue of ground water recharge during dry season and provide readily available water for nearby agricultural land, creation of livelihood source from fisheries and duck farming and as a source of fresh water for forest life. The project has been implemented with community participation whichensures that everyone in the community has a stake in the created asset and reduces
the labour cost to nil.

Project Aangan

Chatra District Administration has taken a slew of a measures to improve the health and nutrition of women and children. Project Aangan has been introduced to improve the services provided under Aaganwadi. The project has resulted in substantial improvement in the facilities at the Anganwadi centers.

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