Tamil Nadu Governance 2020: Districts, Agriculture & Governance Thrive
SKOCH State of Governance 2020 report card shows Tamil Nadu has made solid performance in sectoral ranking. The state moves up from the #5 spot in 2019 to #4 in 2020. Our state-centric research examines how different state governments tackle administrative challenges and implement plans to improve people’s lives. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way everything works, including governance.
Tamil Nadu has ranked in the Top Ten states for 2020. Outlining his vision for good governance Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin has vowed to make the southern state the best place to live. “I do not treat myself as the Chief Minister, but as a frontline worker. I will gear up for development work, keeping in mind the fact that governance is not a bed of roses but full of thorns,” Stalin wrote in Tamil daily newspaper Murasoli shortly after taking office in May 2021.
Tamil Nadu has made significant progress this past year, as evidenced by the fact that the state has climbed up to the #1 spot in three categories. Agriculture, District Administration and Governance have done exceptionally well in the Tamil Nadu State of Governance 2020 scorecard. Also worth mentioning are the projects under the categories of Ease of Doing Business, Education, Health and Water. These are significant because they’ve achieved a ranking status for 2020 but no projects were evaluated or awarded ranks in these categories in 2019. To go from what is effectively non-participation in a particular niche to becoming a frontrunner is certainly remarkable.
Agriculture Improves in Tamil Nadu State of Governance 2020
The Tamil Nadu Horticulture Development Agency, Department Of Horticulture And Plantation Crops, is working to promote the efficient use of water for irrigation. To this end, they launched the Poly House Cultivation Combined With Water Harvesting Structure. The department recognises that horticulture is an integral part of the Agriculture market. And so, investment in the same has the potential to increase productivity and exports, strengthen supply chain management and boost farmers’ earnings. Introducing the poly green house method of cultivation has increased cucumber and capsicum yields as well as flowering crops like carnations, gerberas and roses.
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Tamil Nadu’s Evidence of Excellence
- Skill Development – Rural Self Employment Training Institute, District Administration Ariyalur
- National De-worming Day implementation, District Administration Ariyalur
- Water Conservation and Water Management Project – District Administration Theni
- Response to COVID-19 – District Administration Nilgiris
- Rural Development – Water Management, District Administration Ariyalur
- District Responds To COVID – District Administration Ariyalur
- Instant Responder to Improve Social distancing – IRIS, Thiruvallur District Police
- Containment of COVID-19 in the District of Theni, Theni District Police
- Sanitation – District Rural Development Agency, Thoothukudi
- Dial for Water 2.0 (DFW 2.0) – Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board
- Response To Covid – Post Tsunami Sustainable Livelihoods Programme
- Tiruvallur police win Skoch Award for response to pandemic
- Southern Railway bags silver in SKOCH awards for work during Covid-19
- Chennai police get SKOCH award for clean stations
- Civil Supplies’ head gets SKOCH award
- Dams in southern districts of T.N. reach maximum storage level
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