Kerala again tops the Niti Aayog’s SDG India Index for 2020-21, while Bihar became worst performer.

According to a study released on Thursday by Niti Aayog, Kerala has retained its top spot in the SDG India Index 2020-21, while Bihar has been deemed the worst performer.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index measures how much governments and union territories have progressed in terms of social, economic, and environmental indicators.

With a score of 75, Kerala maintained its position as the top state. With a score of 74, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu tied for second place. The worst-performing states in this year’s India index were Bihar, Jharkhand, and Assam.

Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog, launched the third edition of India’s SDG Index on Thursday.

Our efforts to track SDGs through the SDG India Index and Dashboard have been extensively recognised and praised around the world. Kumar remarked that constructing a composite index on the SDGs to evaluate our states and union territories is a rare data-driven endeavour.

Since its inception in December 2018, the index has grown to become the country’s principal tool for tracking progress toward the SDGs, while also encouraging competitiveness among states and union territories by measuring them against global goals.

The index, which was created in collaboration with the United Nations in India, tracks progress toward global goals and targets at the national and subnational levels, and has proven to be an effective advocacy tool for spreading ideas about sustainability, resilience, and partnerships.

This third edition of the index comprises 17 goals, 70 targets, and 115 indications, up from 13 goals, 39 objectives, and 62 indicators in the first edition in 2018-19 to 17 goals, 54 targets, and 100 indicators in the second.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were created through an unprecedented collaborative process, have 17 goals and 169 related targets that must be met by 2030.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious pledge by world leaders to establish a universal and unprecedented agenda that encompasses economic, environmental, and social aspects of society’s well-being.

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