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Niti Aayog SDG India 2020-21 Index: Kerala Retains First Place; Bihar worst performance | India News


NEW DELHI: Kerala has maintained the top spot in Niti Aayog’s SDG India 2020-21 index, while Bihar has been rated the worst performing country, according to a report released Thursday.
The Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDG) assesses the progress of the states and territories of the union in social, economic and environmental parameters.
The country’s overall SDG score improved by 6 points, from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2020-21.
This positive step toward achieving the goals is largely driven by exemplary performance across the country in clean water and sanitation, and clean, affordable energy, Niti Aayog said in a statement.
Kerala maintained its rank as the top state with a score of 75. Both Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu ranked second with a score of 74.
Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam were the worst performing states in this year’s index.
The third version of India’s SDG index was launched by Niti Aayog Vice President Rajiv Kumar.
In addition, Chandigarh maintained its first place among the Union Territories (UT) with a score of 79, followed by Delhi (68).
Mizoram, Haryana and Uttarakhand were the top winners in 2020-21 in terms of scoring improvement from 2019, increasing by 12, 10 and 8 points, respectively.
While in 2019, 10 states / UTs belonged to the favorites category (score in the range of 65-99, inclusive), 12 more states / UTs are in this category in 2020-21.
Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Punjab, Haryana, Tripura, Delhi, Lakshadweep, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh moved into the category of the former.
Under the health sector targets, Gujarat and Delhi were the best performing countries among states and TUs, respectively.
Twenty-one states and all UTs ranked in the favorites category, while no state / UTs were in the contender category (with an index score less than 50).
Under the goal of quality education, Kerala and Chandigarh achieved the best results among the states and UT, respectively.
Five states and three UTs earned a position in the leaders category.
Under the no-poverty target, Tamil Nadu and Delhi performed the best among the states and UT, respectively.
Seventeen states and seven UTs earned a position in the leaders category.
Under the objective of reducing inequalities, Meghalaya and Chandigarh (Achiever, with a score index of 100) emerged as the best performers among the states and UT.
Twenty states and six UTs earned a position in the leaders category. However, four states lagged behind in the contender category.
“Our effort to monitor the SDGs through India’s SDG Index and Dashboard continues to be widely recognized and applauded around the world. It remains a rare data-driven initiative to rank our states and union territories through the calculation of a composite index of the SDGs “, Kumar. saying.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said: “The report reflects the partnerships we have built and strengthened during our SDG efforts. The narrative sheds light on how collaborative initiatives can deliver better results and greater impacts.”
On the subject of partnerships, Niti Aayog (Health) member VK Paul said: “It is clear that by working together we can build a more resilient and sustainable future, where no one is left behind.”
Launched for the first time in December 2018, the index has become the main tool for monitoring the progress of the SDGs in the country and has simultaneously fostered competition between the states and territories of the union by ranking them in the global goals.
The index, developed in collaboration with the United Nations in India, measures national and sub-national progress on the country’s path towards meeting global goals and targets. It has also been successful as an advocacy tool to spread the messages of sustainability, resilience and partnerships.
From covering 13 goals, 39 goals and 62 indicators in the first edition in 2018-19 to 17 goals, 54 goals and 100 indicators in the second; This third edition of the index covers 17 targets, 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 goals are an ambitious commitment by world leaders that set an unprecedented and universal agenda that encompasses the economic, environmental and social aspects of the well-being of societies.

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