Social Progress Index 2022

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    • Recently, the Social Progress Index (SPI) for States and Districts was released by EAC – PM which is prepared by the Institute for Competitiveness and Social Progress Imperative.

    What is the Social Progress Index (SPI)?

    • It is a comprehensive tool that can serve as a holistic measure of a country’s social progress at the national and sub-national levels. 
    • The index assesses states and districts based on 12 components across three critical dimensions of social progress which are:
      • Basic Human Needs assess the performance of states and districts in terms of Nutrition and Basic Medical Care, Water and Sanitation, Personal Safety and Shelter.
      • Foundations of Wellbeing evaluates the progress made by the country across the components of Access to Basic Knowledge, Access to Information and Communication, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Quality.
      • Opportunity focuses on Personal Rights, Personal Freedom and Choice, Inclusiveness, and Access to Advanced Education.
    • The index uses an extensive framework comprising 89 indicators at the state level and 49 at the district level.

    Major Highlights 

    EAC – PM

    • Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) is an independent body constituted to give advice on economic and related issues to the Prime Minister.
    • The Terms of Reference of EAC-PM include analysing any issue, economic or otherwise, referred to it by the Prime Minister and advising him thereon, addressing issues of macroeconomic importance and presenting views thereon to the Prime Minister. 
    • These could be either suo-motu or on reference from the Prime Minister or anyone else. 
    • They also include attending to any other task as may be desired by the Prime Minister from time to time.

    Source: PIB