Current Affairs - December, 2019

Government launched Good Governance Index

On December 25, 2019, Government of India launched Good Governance Index. Tamil Nadu topped in Good Governance Index.

Highlights of the report

The States and Union Territories were divided into 3 groups namely Big states, North East and hill states and union territories.

Tamil Nadu topped in Good Governance Index in the “Big States” category. It was followed by Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. The report also said that among the big states the poor performers were Odisha, Bihar, Goa and Uttar Pradesh. Jharkhand was ranked the last in good governance index.

In the North East and hill states category, Himachal Pradesh ranked first. It was followed by Uttarakhand, Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim. The bad performers of the category include Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Agricultural ranking

In Agricultural and allied ranking, the best performing states were Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Daman and Diu. In order to frame agricultural rating parameters such as food grain production, milk and meat production, horticulture produce and crop insurance were considered.

Commerce and Industries

Under the category of commerce and industries, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand were the top performers.

NITI Aayog to launch SDG India Index & Dashboard 2019–20

NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of Government will launch the second edition of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index and Dashboard 2019–20 on 30 December 2019 at NITI Aayog, New Delhi. The first edition of SDG India Index was launched in December 2018. It was the first tool developed by any large country to monitor progress towards achieving SDGs at sub-national level.

NITI Aayog has the mandate of overseeing adoption as well as monitoring of SDGs in India, at the national and sub-national level.

About SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019–20

The SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019 documents the progress made by India’s States and Union Territories (UTs) towards implementing the 2030 SDG targets. Besides indicating where the States and UTs currently are on SDG implementation, the Index and Dashboard also charts distance to be travelled to reach SDG targets.

It has been developed by Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in collaboration with United Nations in India, and Global Green Growth Institute.

Index and Dashboard 2019 covers 16 out of 17 SDGs and a qualitative assessment on Goal 17. This marks an improvement over 2018 Index, which covered only 13 goals. On the basis of progress made, the Index ranks all States and UTs on 100 indicators drawn from MoSPI’s National Indicator Framework, comprising of 306 indicators.