Public Affair Index 2020

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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.


About Index

  • 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.


Key Findings

  • 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.
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