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3) Examine whether assessing the performance of constituencies in social development indicators would lead to greater accountability among our elected representatives?(250 words)

Topic – mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

3) Examine whether assessing the performance of constituencies in social development indicators would lead to greater accountability among our elected representatives?(250 words)

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Why this question

This article explains that the performance of India when it comes to improving India’s affliction with malnutrition can be improved if we measure constituency level data both at the centre and state level. There is a need to assess whether the present system of data collection for social development indicators is relevant.

Key demand of the question

The question expects you to first explain why the present system of data collection for measuring social development is adequate. Thereafter we need to highlight the advantages of collecting data constituency wise. Finally, we need to give our view and discuss way forward.

Directive word

Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain that India lags behind social development indicators even amongst the countries of South Asia.

Body

  • Explain why data collection is important – the focus today is on data driven decision making in administration which makes data collection crucial
  • Explain the issue with collecting data at administrative unit level – tenure of district collectors is short , accountability can’t be fixed etc. Discuss why this might be more feasible from an administrative viewpoint
  • Highlight why collection of data at constituency level will help – accountability of elected representatives etc

Conclusion – give your view and discuss way forward.