Meghalaya has been ranked the 2nd Best Governed State in India in the Small States Category based on the Public Affairs Index (PAI) 2020 of Public Affairs Centre (PAC), an annual ranking of the states of India on governance performance.
PAI 2020 is the assessment of the adequacy and quality of Governance in the states of India for the year 2019-2020.
The states are ranked on Governance performance based on a Composite Index. The governance performance is analyzed in the context of sustainable development defined by 3pillars –Equity, Growth, and Sustainability; 5 Themes; 13 SDGs, and 50 indicators.
Apart from the pillar-wise rankings and analysis, PAI 2020 also features an analysis of states’ performance over time (the five-year period 2015-2020) and inter-state comparisons on performance. PAI 2020 was launched on Friday, October 30, 2020, in a virtual event. This is the 5th consecutive annual edition of the ranking of the Governance Performance of the states in India.
Kerala was ranked the best-governed state in the country while Uttar Pradesh ended at the bottom in the large states category, according to the Public Affairs Index-2020 released by the Public Affairs Centre here on Friday.
Four southern states, Kerala (1.388 PAI Index point), Tamil Nadu (0.912), Andhra Pradesh (0.531) and Karnataka (0.468) stood in the first four ranks in the large state category in terms of governance.
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).
Worst performers who scored negative points are Manipur (-0.363), Delhi (-0.289) and Uttarakhand (-0.277), according to the PAC report.
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.
According to the PAC, the governance performance is analysed in the context of sustainable development defined by three pillars of equity, growth and sustainability.