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Five Congress MLAs in top 10 best performing MLAs: Praja report

Praja Foundation released its latest MLA report card; evaluating the performance of 31 Mumbai- based MLAs. Of the total 36 MLAs from the city, the overall scaling is done for 31; as four MLAs are ministers and hence do not raise any issue in the house and one MLA was newly elected.

Nitai Mehta, founder trustee of Praja foundation said, “2014 Maharashtra legislative assembly election was a unique elections as all the four major parties fought independently for the first time.” For the first time, two MLAs Amin Patel (84.33%) and Sunil Prabhu (80.97%) have scored above 80% in terms of performance.

Commenting on the findings of the data, Milind Mhaske, Project Director, Praja, said, “During the last (12th) assembly the average scores of the MLA’s showed a decline over the four report cards from 61.23% in 2011 to 59.17% in 2014. We would expect that the current group of MLAs defy the trend and increase their average performance from 65.11% in 2016 by the time we come up with the last report card for this term in 2019.”

The MLAs have been rated on four quantitative parameters (Quality of questions asked in the assembly, number of question asked attendance, clean criminal record) and three qualitative perception based parameters (perceived least corrupt, perceived accessibility for the public, perceived performer of the constituency). Final scores of the report was obtained after deducting marks for new FIR cases registered, charge sheet registered and for no annual pro active disclosures by the elected representatives of assets and liabilities and criminal record.

Mhaske, justifying the methodology of the research, clarified, “We have collected our quantifiable data through RTI applications and commissioned Hansa Research to do a scientific – statistical survey from among over 25,215 people of Mumbai to gauge the public perception of the MLAs on the qualitative based parameters.”

Mehta remarked that “there is a direct link between the corruption and quality of life of citizen. With the increased perception of corruption, quality of life decreased.”

Comparing the average score of 61.23 % of the first report card for the12th assembly in 2011 and average score of 65.11% in 2016, it is evident that there has been a marginal increase in the performance rate. The average score of top 20 percentile has gone up from 71.14% in 2011 to 79.07% in 2016, while the laggards at the bottom remained more or at the same level, from 52.82% in 2011 to 54.31% in 2016; score for perceived accessibility has also gone down from 66.05% in 2011 to 42.91% in 2016.”

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Printable version | Jan 22, 2021 4:30:58 AM |

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