Arunachal Pradesh has been declared as one of the worst performing states in the NITI Aayog’s Index for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) this year, as per a report released on Monday.
However, according to the ‘SDG India Index 2019’ report, Sikkim has shown maximum improvement.
As per the report, Sikkim has been one among the five states that had been placed in the category of Front Runners in 2019.
“Only three states were placed in the category of Front Runners (with a score in the range 65-99, including both) in 2018 – Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu,” the report added.
“In 2019, five more states joined this league – Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Sikkim and Goa, taking the total tally to eight,” it further added.
According to the report, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura have performed well in reducing poverty.
On ‘zero hunger’ parameters, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland were the frontrunners, according to the report.
India has achieved major success in water and sanitation, industry and innovation, according to the report.
However, nutrition and gender continue to be problem areas for India, requiring more focused approach from the government.
It may be mentioned that the SDG India Index intends to provide a holistic view on the social, economic and environmental status of the country.