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Kerala tops Niti's SDGI

According to the report released, based on evaluating the progress of States and Union Territories on social, economic and environmental parameters, Kerala retained its rank as the top state with a score of 70. Chandigarh too maintained its top spot among the UTs with a score of 70.

Kerala has been ranked at the top of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index by the NITI Aayog. This is the second straight year that Kerala has been ranked no 1 in the index. 

According to the report released on Monday, based on evaluating the progress of States and Union Territories on social, economic and environmental parameters, Kerala retained its rank as the top state with a score of 70. Chandigarh too maintained its top spot among the UTs with a score of 70.

Himachal Pradesh took the second spot while Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana shared the third spot. In 2018, both Kerala and Himachal were at the no 1 spot with a score of 69 each, followed by Tamil Nadu which had a score of 68. This year the state shared the third spot with two neighboring states. 

In 2019, Bihar, Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh are the worst-performing states in this year's Index for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, and Sikkim have shown maximum improvement. 

According to the report, nutrition and gender continue to be problem areas for India, requiring a more focussed approach from the government. The report said while three out of five states in the top spots perform equal to or better than the country average on 12 goals, the other two states do the same on 11 goals. 

"Only three states were placed in the category of Front Runners (with a score in the range 65-99, including both) in 2018 - Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. "In 2019, five more states joined this league - Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Sikkim and Goa, taking the total tally to eight," it noted. 

With regard to poverty reduction, states which have done well include Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim. On 'zero hunger' parameters, Goa, Mizoram, Kerala, Nagaland and Manipur were the front runners, according to the report.

(Source: India Times)