Kerala Tops in Governance Index of PAC

• Kerala stand as the best governed state in the country and Karnataka is in the fourth position, said the Public Affairs Index 2018 released by the think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC).

• Released annually since 2016, the index examines governance performance in the states through a data-based framework, ranking them on social and economic development they are able to provide.

• Founded in 1994 by renowned Indian economist and scholar late Samuel Paul, the think tank works to mobilize a demand for better governance in the country.

• Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat followed Kerala among the top five states delivering good governance.

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

• Among smaller states, Himachal Pradesh topped the list, followed by Goa, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura which figured among the top five states with good governance.

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

• The think tank has undertaken the study across all the Indian states considering them across 10 themes such as essential infrastructure, support to human development, social protection, women and children as well as law and order.

• This year’s PAI also included a separate index on the children of India, giving a measure of how child-friendly each of the states are. Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Mizoram topped the index on being the states to provide better living conditions for all children.

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