Public Affairs Index: Kerala, Goa & Chandigarh best governed states

The Public Affairs Index, 2020 was released by Public Affairs Centre, a non-profit organisation. According to the index, Kerala was the best governed the state. The report was released by the committee headed by a former Indian Space Research Organisation chairman Kasturirangan.

Highlights

According to the report, the states were ranked in the context of sustainable development. The Governance of the states was analysed based on three pillars namely growth, equity and sustainability.

Ranking

Kerala was awarded with the top most ranking and Uttar Pradesh with the bottom most ranking.

In large state category, Kerala topped the listing with an index of 1.388 followed by Tamil Nadu with 0.91, Andhra Pradesh with 0.5 31 and Karnataka with 0.468. The bottom most ranking was occupied by Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar in the same category

In the small state category Goa topped the list followed by Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh. The bottom most states in this category were Manipur, Delhi and Uttarakhand.

In the category of Union Territories Chandigarh was the top performing region followed by Puducherry and Lakshadweep. Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir were the least performing Union Territories.

About Kasturirangan

Kasturirangan is a space scientist of India who headed the Indian Space Research Organisation between 1994 and 2003. He is currently serving as the chancellor of Central University of Rajasthan and NIIT University. He was awarded with the three most prestigious civilian Awards of India namely padmashri, Padma Bhushan, Padma vibhushan. He was a former Rajya Sabha member and a former member of Planning Commission of India. He is well known for his report on Western Ghats.

Kasturirangan report

He led a panel of 10 members to study the Western Ghats and create a report. The Government of India accepted his report. Earlier similar report was prepared by Gadgil committee. However according to Government of India the Gadgil Committee report was highly infeasible.

Both Gadgil Committee Report and Kasturirangan report focused on creating sustainable development in the Western Ghats region without causing big environmental damages.

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