Kerala has retained the top spot in NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020-21, while Bihar ranks as the worst performer.
As per the report released on Thursday, the index for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) ranks the states according to the social, economic and environmental parameters.
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 India index with scores of 52, 56 and 57 respectively.
Mizoram, Haryana, and Uttarakhand are the top gainers in 2020-21 in terms of improvement in score from 2019, with an increase of 12, 10 and 8 points, respectively.
India's report card on the SDGs is here!
17 Goals, 36 States/UTs, & 115 indicators: #SDGIndiaIndex & Dashboard 2020-21 is the most comprehensive review of 🇮🇳’s progress towards achieving the SDGs.
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The index, which was first released in December 2018, has quickly become the country’s key instrument for tracking progress toward the SDGs and has goals as well.
“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 index on the SDGs. We are confident that it will remain a matter of aspiration and emulation and help propel monitoring efforts at the international level,” Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog said during the launch.
The SDGs are an ambitious commitment by world leaders which set out a universal and an unprecedented agenda which embraces economic, environmental and social aspects of the wellbeing of societies.