Kerala tops in governance, Tamil Nadu second, says report

Pinarayi Vijayan’s ruled Kerala stands as the best-governed state in the country followed by Tamil Nadu, according to the Public Affairs Index 2018 released by the think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC). While Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat are ranked third, fourth and fifth among the top five states delivering good governance, according to the report, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar ranked the lowest on the PAI, indicating higher social and economic inequalities in the states.

The index is released since in 2016 by Bengaluru base Public Affairs Centre (PAC), a not for profit think tank which aims to improve governance in India.

It is based on 10 themes, 30 focus subjects and 100 indicators, relying solely upon government data.

It covers wide range of themes such as support to human development, social protection, essential infrastructure, women and children, crime, law and order, delivery of justice, transparency and accountability, environment, fiscal management and economic freedom.

2018 PAI also included separate index on children of India, giving measure of how child-friendly each of the states are.

Kerala tops the list as a best-governed state in the country. Kerala has topped PAI as the best-governed state for the third consecutive year.

Kerala is followed by Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat.

Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Bihar ranked the lowest, indicating higher social and economic inequalities in the states.

Himachal Pradesh topped the list followed by Goa, Mizoram, Sikkim, and Tripura. Nagaland, Manipur, and Meghalaya were ranked at bottom of the index among small states.

In the index on children of India, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, and Mizoram topped the index.

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