The Tamil Nadu Governance Survey 2016 by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which surveyed 16,000 respondents across the constituencies, showed a clear discord between the needs of the public and government’s performance in these areas.
Dr Sudarsan Padmanabhan, coordinator for Tamil Nadu Election Watch, said people were unhappy with the governance. “In our 2014 survey, government performance across most parameters were ranked slightly above average. But this time, as per people’s priorities – better infrastructure or employment opportunities – the government’s performance in these areas has been ranked above 15. There is a clear discord,” he said. Amidst the need for better infrastructure, ‘empowerment of women and security’ was ranked at number 11.
Dr Swarna Rajagopalan, Founder of Prajnya Trust, said, “This list reflects our social priorities. Women empowerment and security is not considered as a social priority – either by politicians or the public. It will take a lot to include gender equality in political agendas.” Provision of drinking water ranked higher, pollution of waterbodies was not a top priority.