Kerala aces the list of the Public Affairs Index-2020 released by Public Affairs Centre (PAC) for the best-governed state. Uttar Pradesh declared at the bottom in the category of the large states.
The city-based not-for-profit organisation headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Kasturirangan said, “The states were ranked based on a composite index in the context of sustainable development.”
Four southern states Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka took the top four ranks in the large state category in terms of governance. Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar stay put at the bottom of the ranking, scoring negative points in the category, getting -1.461, -1.201 and – 1.158 points respectively.
Amongst the Union Territories, Chandigarh is found to be the best governed with 1.05 PAI points followed by Puducherry (0.50), while Andaman and Nicobar (-0.30) is the worst performer.
According to PAC, the governance performance is analysed in the context of sustainable development defined by three pillars of -equity, growth and sustainability. Speaking on the occasion, Kasturirangan said, “The evidence that PAI 2020 generates and the insights that it provides must compel us to reflect on the economic and social transition that is underway in India.”