Sikkim with 71 points under top 12 states in achieving SDGs: Kerala tops the list, Bihar at last
The third edition of the SDG India Index and Dashboard 2020–21 was released by NITI Aayog on June 3. Since its inaugural launch in 2018, the index has been comprehensively documenting and ranking the progress made by States and Union Territories towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Now in its third year, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring progress on the SDGs in the country and has simultaneously fostered competition among the States and Union Territories.
The 2020-21 index showed that the country's overall SDG score improved by six points. It increased from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2020. The positive change is largely driven by exemplary nationwide performance in Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation) and Goal 7 (affordable and clean energy), in which the composite score reached 83 and 92, respectively.
Further Kerala with a score of 75 takes the top spot followed by Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with a score of 74, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka and Uttarakhand scored 72, Sikkim scored 71 and Maharashtra with a Goal score of 70
Sikkim scored 71 and becomes the top fourth state in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
The worst-performing states and UTs are Chhattisgarh, Nagaland and Odisha with a score of 61, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh at a score of 60, Assam scored 57, Jharkhand scored 56 and Bihar at 52.
Further Delhi and Tamil Nadu were successful in achieving Goal 1 (No Poverty), likewise, Kerala and Chandigarh achieved Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Gujarat and Delhi achieved Goal 3 (good health and well-being) and Goal 4 ( Quality Education) was achieved by Kerala and Chandigarh