Assam emerges as worst performer in NITI Aayog's SDG India Index 2020-21

Meanwhile, Kerela retained its rank as the top state with a score of 75

In the third edition of the Niti Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2020-21 released on Thursday, Assam ranks amongst the worst-performing states in this year’s India index.

The state scored a total of 57 in the overall SDG index, which measures the overall progress of the governments and union territories in terms of social, economic, and environmental indicators.

The other states accompanying Assam in the worst list of SDG India Index are Bihar (52), adjudged as the worst performer following Jharkhand (56).

Meanwhile, Kerela retained its rank as the top state with a score of 75. Both Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu maintained the second spot with a score of 74, respectively. 

Additionally, Chandigarh maintained its top spot among the Union territories with a score of 79.

Besides, 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.

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

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.

(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)

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