Monitoring Government performance

For meas­ur­ing a com­pany per­form­ance “Return on equity” is a primary met­ric. But for meas­ur­ing a government’s per­form­ance, there is no sim­il­ar met­ric. Traditionally Indian elec­tions are con­tested by parties based on so­cial as­pects like caste, re­li­gion, etc. as well as ba­sic amen­it­ies like food, cloth­ing and shel­ter. In the cur­rent scen­ario, the eco­nom­ic con­di­tion may also af­fect the party’s pop­ular­ity and in­flu­ence voters. Though there are large num­ber of eco­nom­ic vari­ables, we have ob­served that NDA has man­aged cer­tain vari­ables well and UPA has man­aged cer­tain vari­ables well dur­ing their rule.

For ex­ample, BJP was able to main­tain a con­stant inflation-rate at higher real in­terest rates and lower tax rev­en­ues as % of GDP.

Inflation – con­sumer prices %


Real in­terest rate %

Real interest rate

Tax rev­en­ues as a % of GDP

Tax revenue as % of GDP

The Congress, on the oth­er hand, fo­cused and was suc­cess­ful in re­du­cing mil­it­ary ex­pendit­ure (ex­cept in 2008-2009), in in­creas­ing the FDI net in­flows.

Military ex­pendit­ure (as a % of GDP)

Military expenditure as % of GDP

Foreign dir­ect in­vest­ment, net in­flows (as a % of GDP)

FDI net inflows as % of GDP

But neth­er the Congress nor BJP could man­age the fluc­tu­ations of GDP per cap­ita growth rate and GDP growth rates.

GDP growth per cap­ita (%)

GDP growth rate

GDP growth (%)

GDP per capita growth rate

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