NEW DELHI: A report by the NITI Aayog recently has revealed that Nagaland, which performed poorly in poverty, health and affordable energy, is the worst-performing state overall in the Northeast region.
As per the first edition of NITI Aayog's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index (which focuses on the Northeast region), Nagaland's 12 districts have been placed in the "performer" category of the index.
All the seven states' districts have been placed in any of the four categories. These are – aspirant (0-49), performer (50-64), front-runner (65-99) and achiever (100). The placements are done according to the districts' performance in connection to the goals in the report. The report by the NITI Aayog said Nagaland performed poorly in six goals – no poverty, good health and well being, clean and affordable energy, sustainable cities and communities and industry, innovation and infrastructure. As per the report, the state had a mixed performance in reducing inequalities, quality education, climate action and peace and justice. The state, however, has done a good job in no hunger SDG, sanitation, economic growth and gender equality.
Experts are of the opinion that Nagaland, which has grappled with the problem of insurgency for decades, has given rise to a corrupt government and it ultimately resulted in the absence of development.
Nagaland, which got statehood on December 1, 1963, is one of the smallest states in the country. It shares with three states – Arunachal Pradesh to its north, Assam to its west and Manipur to its south. It also shares border with Sagaing region of Myanmar to its east. It has experienced insurgency problem and inter-ethnic conflicts over the past few decades.