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20th March- The Hindu Editorial - Part-1 (in Hindi)
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Subhodeep Das
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  2. Goan roulette FGD The State needs political stability to be able to crack down on rent-seeking UBHODESP

  3. A fight for Kiev MOLDOV ao The presidential campaign has been animated by the debate on Ukraine's place in the world UBHODEE

  4. What has changed post- Balakot? Not much - the post-Pulwama attack timeline shows that India did not cross any Pakistanired line. UBHODESP

  5. Situation returned to the pre-Pulwama position. UN Security Council 1267 Committee failed to designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist Pakistan's most favoured nation trade status Announcement that India would stop water flows into Pakistan; it was later clarified that the reference was to the waters of the three rivers (Ravi, Beas and Sutlej) OIC Support UBHODESP

  6. On the learning curve The systemic approach to transforming education outcomes in India is leading to success UBHODESP

  7. Every states, the education department, unarguably, has the largest share of employees. Besides frontline service providers (teachers), there are a number of other officials and administrators who form an important part of the educational set-up. Given the size of the education department, any effort to introduce education reforms must ensure that the incentives of all stakeholders are aligned throughoutthe system to ensure their participation. UBHODEE

  8. A successful example of implementing such a road map can be seen in Haryana, which has created a race among its administrative blocks to be declared as 'Saksham, (Hindi for abled/skilled), i.e. have 80% or more students who are grade level competent. Under this campaign, State officials nominate their block for the 'Saksham Ghoshna' once they are reasonably confident that their block has achieved the 80% target. This self-nomination is then followed by rigorous rounds of third party assessments to vet their claims. If a block is found to be 'Saksham', the block officials are recognised by no less than the Chief Minister, and a large-scale 'show and tell' event is organised to honour them. Further, when all blocks in a district are declared as 'Saksham', the entire district is also accorded 'Saksham' status. UBHODESP

  9. According to the latest third party assessment in February 2019, 94 blocks out of a total of 119 in Haryana have been declared 'Saksham, and overall grade competence-has been assessed at 80%, which is a giant leap in learning outcomes when compared to the overall grade competence of 40% in 2014. The valuable lesson from all this is that inducing competition among administrative units helps invigorate key stakeholdersto work in tandem in order to achieve intended outcomes. shift in the mindset of a State's education administrators, many of whom otherwise believe that high learning outcomes are almost unachievable UBHODESP

  10. NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), has also been a believer in competitive federalism that puts pressure on policymakers across States to perform better on pre-defined goals and metrics. To translate this to education, we have now developed the State-level 'School Education Quality Index' (SEQlI), which seeks to make improvements in learning outcomes a focal point of governance scores to States based on their educational performance and puts this data out in the public domain NITI's Aayog's State ranking not only encourages competition among States but also rewards and motivates other States to consistently improve. UBHODESP

  11. Reward for well-performing local administrations while providing impetus to other districts to adopt similar measures. Given the success of these initiatives, it is abundantly clear that the right incentive structures for stakeholders lead to administrative efficiency, which then improves the quality of service delivery. UBHODESP