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Kerala tops Niti Aayog's Sustainable Development Goal index again, Bihar worst performer

First launched in December 2018, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring progress on the SDGsPremium
First launched in December 2018, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring progress on the SDGs

For 2020-21, the rankings were scheduled to be launched in March. However, they were postponed due to the model code of conduct that came into effect with the announcement of assembly polls in four states and a Union territory

The southern state of Kerala has retained the top position on the index of India’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), while Bihar has been adjudged as the worst performer, according to a report by government think tank Niti Aayog.

The Index for SDG evaluates the progress of states and union territories on social, economic and environmental parameters.

For 2020-21, the rankings were scheduled to be launched in March. However, they were postponed due to the model code of conduct that came into effect with the announcement of assembly polls in four states and a Union territory.

The announcement on Thursday revealed that Kerala continued to be on top of the index with a score of 75. Both Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu took the second spot with a score of 74.

On the other hand, Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam were the worst-performing states this year.

The third rendition of India's SDG Index was launched by Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar.

“Our effort of monitoring SDGs through the SDG India Index and 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," Kumar said.

First launched in December 2018, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring progress on the SDGs in the country and has simultaneously fostered competition among the states and union territories by ranking them on the global goals.

The index, developed in collaboration with the United Nations in India, measures the progress at the national and sub-national level in the country's journey towards meeting the global goals and targets and has been successful as an advocacy tool to propagate the messages of sustainability, resilience, and partnerships, as well.

From covering 13 goals, 39 targets, and 62 indicators in the first edition in 2018-19 to 17 goals, 54 targets and 100 indicators in the second; this third edition of the index covers 17 goals, 70 targets, and 115 indicators.

The SDGs constituted through an unprecedented consultative process, have 17 goals and 169 related targets to be achieved by 2030.

The SDGs are an ambitious commitment by world leaders which set out a universal and unprecedented agenda that embraces economic, environmental and social aspects of the wellbeing of societies.

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