Updated: June 4, 2021 12:25:59 am
Kerala has retained the top rank in NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020-21, while Mizoram, Haryana, and Uttarakhand are the top gainers in terms of improvement in their rankings from 2019, according to a report released by the government think tank on Thursday.
The Index for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) evaluates progress of states and Union Territories on various parameters including health, education, gender, economic growth, institutions, climate change and environment.
Kerala retained its rank as the top state with a score of 75. Both Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu took the second spot with a score of 74. Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam were the worst performing states in this year’s index. Chandigarh maintained its top spot among the UTs with a score of 79, followed by Delhi (68). “Our effort of monitoring SDGs through the SDG India Index & Dashboard continues to be widely noticed and applauded around the world. It remains a rare data-driven initiative to rank our States and Union Territories by computing a composite indexon the SDGs,” NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said while launching the report.
“We are confident that it will remain a matter of aspiration and emulation and help propel monitoring efforts at the international level,” he said.
While in 2019, 10 states/UTs belonged to the category of front-runners (score in the range 65-99, including both), 12 more states/UTs find themselves in this category in 2020-21.
Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Punjab, Haryana, Tripura, Delhi, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh graduated to the category of front-runners (scores between 65 and 99, including both).
The country bettered its Sustainable Development Goal score, climbing 6 points from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2021. The improvement comes as a result of improvement in two key areas — clean water and sanitation and affordable and clean energy.
Delhi and Gujarat provided best facilities for health and well being as well as industries, innovation and infrastructure. Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh scored highest in economic growth.
“From covering 13 Goals with 62 indicators in its first edition in 2018, the third edition covers 16 Goals on 115 quantitative indicators, with a qualitative assessment on Goal 17, thereby reflecting our continuous efforts towards refining this important tool,” said Sanyukta Samaddar, adviser (SDGs), NITI Aayog.
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