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Niti Ayog Declares Tamil Nadu, HP And Kerala Top Ranking States In SDG Index

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| December 22 , 2018 , 13:15 IST

Niti Aayog declared Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala as top performing states to comply with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in it's first of its kind India Index for SDGs.

“Kerala’s top rank is attributed to its superior performance in providing good health, reducing hunger, achieving gender equality and providing quality education,” the report said.

“Himachal Pradesh ranks high on providing clean water and sanitation, in reducing inequalities and preserving the mountain ecosystem.”

Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have been accorded as the worst performing states in the India Index for Sustainable Development Goals.

The NITI Aayog together with the ministry of statistics developed the SDG India Index which is a comprehensive Index to measure the progress of States / UTs, through a single measurable Index and the First Baseline Report for 2018, along with the support of Global Green Growth Institute and UN in India.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, “The aim of the index is to instill competition among States to improve their performance across social indices as the States’ progress will determine India’s progress towards achieving the set goals by 2030.”

According to the reports, "Among the UTs, Chandigarh takes the lead because of its exemplary performance in providing clean water and sanitation to its people.”

“It has further made good progress towards providing affordable and clean energy, generating decent work and economic growth, and providing quality education.”

The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue to guide UNDP policy and funding until 2030. The United Nations-sponsored SDG has 17 goals, 169 targets and 306 national indicators.

The Strategic plan focuses on key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality.