Kerala tops NITI Aayog’s index of UN goals

Kerala tops NITI Aayog’s index of UN goals
  • Kerala has retained its top slot, whileUttar Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim have shown the most improvement. The second SDG-zero hunger –shown sharp divergence in the performance of States, with little middle ground, Kerala, Goa and parts of the north-east, including Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, have scored above 65, with Goa at 75 points.
  • 22 of the States and Union Territories have scored below 50, with the central Indian States of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Chhattisgarh scoring below 30, showing high levels of hunger and malnutrition.
  • On the fifth SDG-gender equality – almost all States fare poorly. Only Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala have managed to cross 50 points, The indicators considered include crimes against women, eradicating sex selection and discrimination against daughters, and access to reproductive health schemes, as well as indicators showing women’s economic and political empowerment and leadership.
  • The Swachh Bharat Mission has contributed largely to the high scores on the sixth SDG-clean water and sanitation – although that was helped by the fact that four out of seven indicators dealt with toilets and sanitation, while only one indicator was related to safe and affordable drinking water.

All States and union Territories except for Delhi have scored above 65, with the national capital scoring poorly on the percentage of urban households with individual household toilets (less than 1%) and, oddly, providing no data on districts verified to be open defecation free.

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