NITI Aayog annually releases the SDG Index which measures the progress of the nation and sub-nation on the grounds of social, economic, and environmental aspects.
Kerala retains the top position followed by Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, while Bihar stood last in the list of the SDG Index by NITI Aayog. India’s Think Tank – NITI Aayog Thursday released the SDG India Index 2020-2021. The third edition of the SDG goals was launched by the NITI Aayog chairman Rajiv Kumar.
During the launch of the index Rajiv Kumar, Chairman of NITI Aayod added “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,”.
This year the SDG index shows a positive stride as India went up from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2021. This achievement is possible only because of the outstanding improvements in Clean water and sanitation(Goal 6) and Affordable and clean energy(Goal 7).
“The report reflects on the partnerships we have built and strengthened during our SDG efforts. The narrative throws light on how collaborative initiatives can result in better outcomes and greater impacts” said Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog.
Talking about the state performances, Kerala tops the list with a score of 75 followed by Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with a score of 74, and Bihar is in the last place with a score of 52. Chandigarh stands first in the list of Union Territories with 79 points followed by Delhi and Lakshadweep with 68 points. Dadra and Nagar Haveli & Daman and Diu stood in the last line with a score of 62.