NITI Aayog SDG Index 2020-21 shows Kerala retaining number one spot – Tamilnadu secures second spot while Bihar seen in the bottom of the table.
NITI Aayog releases third edition of Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020-21 where Kerala has been ranked at the top followed by Tamilnadu.
The State and Union Territories are ranked based on the progress made towards the achievement in the Sustainable Development Goals. NITI Aayog was established in the year 2018. The SDG index is a key tool in monitoring the progress of the states and union territories across the country and helps in affiliation with the United Nations in India.
Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman NITI Aayog stated “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.” during the launch in 2018.
Since the launch of NITI Aayog, Kerala has been retaining its place on top of the table. Kerala is ranked number one in 2021 with an overall score of 75. Tamilnadu and Himachal Pradesh secured the next spots respectively with an overall score of 74 each. Among the Union Territories, Chandigarh maintained a place in the top with a score of 79.
States that have improved from 2019 index to higher levels include Haryana, Mizoram and Uttarakhand with 10,12 and 8 points respectively.
Among the worst scored states, Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand hold the last positions in the 2020-21 index with scores 57,52 and 56 respectively.