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Kerala, Himachal top sustainable development goals index

Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have topped the list of states on the sustainable development goals index 2019-20. While Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim have shown maximum improvement, states like Gujarat have not shown any improvement vis-a-vis first ranking in 2018. In 2019-20 report, 14 states have fallen in the overall ranking in the index compared to last year.

India’s composite score improved from 57 in 2018 to 60 in 2019-20 with major success in water and sanitation, power and industry. However, nutrition and gender equality continue to be problem areas for India, requiring more focused approach from the government

“We are fully committed to achieving sustainable development goals in partnership with states,” NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Monday at the launch of the SDG India Index 2019-20.

The SDG Index, launched last year, ranked states based on 16 goals across 54 targets spread among 100 indicators based on national identified indicators. The first report just had 13 goals and 39 indicators. The 2019-20 report also has dedicated profile of all states and UTs.

The United Nations SDG has 17 goals spread across 169 targets.


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