Atop PILDAT’s governance yardstick, Punjab shows how it is done

  • Punjab leading in 15 out of 24 parameters with 76pc score in tax collection, scores lowest in unemployment management
  • KP tops list in unemployment management at 38pc score, scores lowest in safe drinking water supply
  • Balochistan outranks others in devolution of power with 60pc score, ranked lowest in anti corruption efforts
  • Sindh tops list for use of technologies, energy production and management, scores lowest in transparency and devolution of power


With 42 per cent overall score, the Punjab government is leading in Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT)’s Comparative Score Card on Quality of Governance across Pakistan’s four provinces.

Punjab is followed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government with 37 per cent overall score while governments of Balochistan and Sindh share the third position, each with an overall score of 34 per cent, a PILDAT statement said Monday.

These scores are based on PILDAT analysis of the data provided by each of the four provincial governments on quality of governance during their first year in office after the May 2013 General Election.

While assessing the Quality of Governance, PILDAT has looked at both the policy formulation and actual implementation of governance policies. Policy formulation, including legislation and institution building, was assigned a 40 per cent weightage whereas the results achieved through implementation were assigned 60 per cent weightage.

Compared to the score assigned on the basis of analysis, public approval ratings of quality of governance, based on a PILDAT Public Opinion Poll conducted in July-August 2014, Punjab had received the public approval rating of 48 per cent.

While Punjab has maintained its first ranking in the PILDAT Score Card on Quality of Governance, it has scored 6 percentage points below, based on data on governance provided by the Punjab government. Quality of governance for KP government in its first year in office has received a PILDAT score of 37 per cent, which is 4 percentage points higher than its public approval rating, 33 per cent. KP, though, has retained its second rank in comparative assessment on quality of governance as in public approval ratings.

The PILDAT score assigned to quality of governance in Balochistan, based on data provided by the government, is 5 percentage points lower, at 34 per cent, compared to public approval rating of 39 per cent.

The province of Sindh, which had received the lowest approval ratings in the public opinion poll at 26 per cent, has improved its scores based on the analysis of the date on quality of governance during Sindh government’s first year in office at 34 per cent.

The Punjab Government is leading in 15 out of 24 parameters of governance while it has obtained highest score of 76 per cent in tax collection. The lowest score assigned to the Punjab government is in the parameter of Management of Unemployment at 21 per cent, where it is ranked 4th.

Compared to Punjab, the KP government has ranked first in two out of 24 parameters of governance. These include management of unemployment at 38 per cent and poverty alleviation at 36 per cent. Overall, the KP Government’s highest score, 64 per cent is obtained in tax collection, followed by transparency at 50 per cent. Its lowest score, 25 per cent, is in safe drinking water supply where it is ranked 4th.

The Balochistan government has outranked the other three provinces in five out of 24 parameters. It has obtained the highest score of 60 per cent in devolution of power to the lower tiers. It has obtained the lowest score, 21 per cent, in anti corruption efforts, where it is ranked loawest.

Sindh has ranked first in three out of the 24 parameters of governance. These include use of technologies for better governance, scored at 46 per cent, energy production and management, scored at 44 per cent and Annual Development Programme at 40% in which it shares the first position with Punjab. Quality of governance during the Sindh Government’s first year in office has been scored the lowest in the parameters of transparency and devolution of power to lower tiers where it has obtained the score of 21 per cent.

Quality of governance is assessed based on a PILDAT Framework with 24 parameters. The scores are assigned on each parameter, based on data provided by the governments, by comparing quality of governance during 2013-2014 compared with the previous year of 2012-2013.