Sustainable Development Index NITI Aayog

Sustainable Development Index NITI Aayog : Kerela tops again, Bihar lasts in SDI India 2021

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The third edition of the Sustainable Development Index was released by NITI Aayog on June 3, 2021.

The index which measures the progress of the states and UTs has ranked Kerala as the top-performing state with a 75 score while Bihar as the worst performing state with a 52 score.

Key highlights :

  • Kerala retained its rank as the top state with a score of 75.
  • Both Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu took the second spot with a score of 74.
  • Chandigarh maintained its top spot among the UTs with a score of 79, followed by Delhi (68).
  • Bihar and Jharkhand were the worst-performing states on the SDG India Index with scores of 52 and 56 respectively.
  • Mizoram, Haryana, and Uttarakhand were the top gainers in 2020-21 in terms of improvement in score from 2019, with an increase of 12, 10 and 8 points, respectively.

Important points :

The index is annually released by the government and is developed in collaboration with the United Nations.
This third rendition of India’s SDG Index is released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar.
The current edition covers 17 goals, 70 targets, and 115 indicators, while the last covered 17 goals, 54 targets and 100 indicators.
The first edition (2018-2019) covered 13 goals, 39 targets, and 62 indicators.

Aims and objectives

  • The Index for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) evaluates progress of states and union territories on social, economic and environmental parameters.
  • The construction of the index and the ensuing methodology embodies the central objectives of measuring the performance of States and UTs on the SDGs and ranking them.
  • It aims at supporting States and UTs in identifying areas which require more attention and promoting healthy competition among them.

Top five and bottom five States in SDG index :

TopIndex  BottomIndex
Kerala75Chattisgarh, Nagaland, Odisha61
Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu74Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya. Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh60
Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Uttarakhand72Assam57
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