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According to Public Affairs Index (PAI) 2018, Kerala tops list as best-governed state in country followed by Tamil Nadu. Index was released by think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC).

Kerala has topped PAI as best-governed state for 3rd consecutive year since 2016 among large states.

Image of Top and Low Ranking among Big States

Image of Top and Low Ranking Among Big States

Image of Top and Low Ranking among Big States

Key Facts of Public Affairs Index 2018

Large States:

  • Kerala has topped list, followed by Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka & Gujarat.

  • Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand & Bihar ranked lowest, indicating higher social & economic inequalities in states.

Smaller States (with Population Less Than Two Crore):

  • Himachal Pradesh topped list followed by Goa, Mizoram, Sikkim & Tripura.

  • Nagaland, Manipur & Meghalaya were ranked at bottom of index among small states.

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

  • In this category of providing better living conditions for all children, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh & Mizoram topped index.

Public Affairs Index (PAI)

  • Foundation was laid in 1994 whose work is to improve quality of governance in India.

  • Index is released since in 2016 by Bengaluru base Public Affairs Centre (PAC), not for profit think tank that aims to improve governance in India.

  • It is based on 10 themes, 30 focus subjects, & 100 indicators, relying solely upon govt. data.

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

- Published/Last Modified on: November 14, 2018

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