Public Affair Index 2020
The Public Affairs Index, 2020 was released by Public Affairs Centre, a non-profit organisation.
The report was released by the committee headed by a former Indian Space Research Organisation chairman Kasturirangan.
- In this annual report, States were ranked on governance performance based on a composite index in the context of sustainable development.
- The governance performance is analysed in the context of sustainable development defined by the three pillars of equity, growth and sustainability.
- Kerala was adjudged the best governed State in the large States category, while Uttar Pradesh ended at the bottom.
- 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(-1.461), Odisha (-1.201) and Bihar (-1.158 ) were at the bottom of the ranking.
- In the small State category, Goa ranked first with 1.745 points, followed by Meghalaya (0.797) and Himachal Pradesh (0.725). The worst performers with negative points were Manipur (-0.363), Delhi (-0.289) and Uttarakhand (-0.277).
- Chandigarh emerged at the top in the category of Union Territories 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 worst performers.
About Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan
- Kasturirngan is an Indian space scientist who headed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 1994 to 2003.
- He is a recipient of the three major civilian awards from the Government of India: the Padma Shri (1982), Padma Bhushan (1992) and Padma Vibhushan (2000).
- He is currently serving as the chancellor of Central University of Rajasthan and NIIT University.
- He was a former Rajya Sabha member and a former member of Planning Commission of India. He is well known for his report on Western Ghats.