Based on a yearlong study of governance projects in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy was conferred the SKOCH Chief Minister of the Year Award. The award was conferred on him by SKOCH Group chairman Sameer Kochhar in Amaravati on Tuesday. SKOCH Award, independently instituted in 2003, is India’s civilian honour conferred by an independent organisation as a third party assessment. It is the only award in the country that is based on felt-needs assessment and outcome evaluation based on evidence. SKOCH Group is India’s leading think tank dealing with socioeconomic issues with a focus on inclusive growth since 1997.
Jagan has been selected the “SKOCH CM of the Year” on the basis of a study of project level outcomes across various states of India. Quite a few of these from Andhra Pradesh stand out to be nationally significant. While conferring the Award on the Chief Minister, Kochhar said, “YSR Rythu Bharosa Kendra stands out as an interesting model for village level procurement at a preannounced MSP and is reporting good outcomes for the farmers YSR Cheyutha Scheme focuses on economic empowerment of middleaged women through giving them livelihood linked loans for over 4- year period, and is again a great example of financial inclusion with outcomes.
Similarly, initiatives like Disha Act and Abhay that aim to enhance women safety and security have made a marked difference in the law and order perception as well as the confidence level of women to go out and participate without fear.” Similarly, initiatives have been taken across the government to respond to Covid-19 and have shown desirable outcomes. All the above and more is evident in a yearlong study of 123 projects from across sectors in Andhra Pradesh.
“The state has taken several revolutionary measures in the past two years to make governance more efficient and transparent. Innovative measures have been taken across sectors, the credit for which goes to the Chief Minister,” he said. Kochhar added that such changes are focused on bringing more efficiency and transparency and ensuring inclusive growth and development.