Four southern states win first four ranks in governance

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Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar are at the bottom of the ranking, scoring negative points in the large states category

Four southern states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka stood in the first four ranks in the large state category in terms of governance. Uttar Pradesh ended at the bottom, according to the Public Affairs Index-2020.

While Kerala retained its first position by scoring 1.388 PAI Index points, Tamil Nadu came second with 0.912 points, Andhra Pradesh in third position with0.531 points and Karnataka in fourth position with 0.468 points.

In its annual report released on Friday, Bengaluru-based not-for-profit organisation, , headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Kasturirangan, said the states were ranked on governance performance based on a composite index in the context of sustainable development.

Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar were at the bottom of the ranking, scoring negative points in the category. They got - 1.461, -1.201 and -1.158 points respectively.

In the small state category, Goa ranked first with 1.745 points, followed by Meghalaya (0.797) and Himachal Pradesh (0.725).

Chandigarh emerged the best governed union territory in the category of UTs with 1.05 PAI points, followed by Puducherry (0.52) and Lakshadweep (0.003). Dadar and Nagar Haveli (-0.69), Andaman, Jammu and Kashmir (-0.50) and Nicobar (-0.30) were the least performers.

Explaining the report, Aparna Shrinivas, researcher of the paper, said, “States were assessed based on the data they share on public domain and what has been submitted to the Central government. It includes health, governance, children, malnutrition, women and child welfare, infrastructure, access to resources, gender equality in political and administrative participation and the Niti Aayog Report.

“Since there is no platform for States to evaluate themselves, through this we are showing them the mirror of what they have done and where they have lost out. The assessment is very subjective and if there are any differences in ground, then it only means that the data put on public domain and handed over by the Centre needs to be re-checked,” Aparna said

Commenting on the report, senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan said Kerala was indeed a Ram Rajya while UP is Yama Rajya  (with agency inputs)

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