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Sustainable Goals Index: Kerala retains top slot, Bihar at bottom

Published: 4th Jun 2021 7:21 pm

Kerala has retained the top rank in NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020-21, while Mizoram, Haryana, and Uttarakhand are the top gainers in terms of improvement in their rankings from 2019, according to a report released by the NITI Aayog. Let’s read more about the report and its finding…

Evaluation of progress

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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 for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) evaluates progress of States and Union Territories on various parameters including health, education, gender, economic growth, institutions, climate change and environment.

Telangana at sixth spot

For this year’s report, the States were evaluated on 16 Sustainable Development Goals on a scale of zero to 100. Kerala came out on top with a score of 75, while Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu came second, scoring 74 each. Andhra Pradesh was placed next in the list with 72 points. Telangana and Gujarat shared sixth spot in the rankings with a score of 69. 

Chandigarh maintained its top spot among the UTs with a score of 79, followed by Delhi (68). 

India scenario

The country bettered its Sustainable Development Goal score, climbing 6 points from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2021. The improvement comes as a result of improvement in two key areas — clean water and sanitation and affordable and clean energy. 

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

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

List of goals

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequality
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal

Top positions

State Score

Kerala 75

Himachal Pradesh/ 74

Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh, Goa/

Karnataka, Uttarakhand 72

Sikkim 71

Maharashtra 70


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