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Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura among Best Governed Small States: Public Affairs Centre (PAC) Index

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As per a recent index published by the Public Affairs Centre (PAC), smaller states that have a population of less than two crore, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura from the Northeast Region emerged among top five states with good governance.

But Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya were ranked at the last of the index in the small states category.

The good governance index is being released annually since 2016 while ranking them on social and economic development they are able to provide.

As per the index report, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat followed Kerala in the list of top five states delivering good governance.

“The PAI 2018 is one example of a data-based framework that provides some basis, even if rudimentary, to assess the performance of states in India,” Chairman of PAC, K. Kasturirangan Kasturirangan said.

It may be mentioned that PAC has done the ground research across all the Indian states according to 10 basic survey themes including essential infrastructure, support to human development, social protection, women and children along with law and order situation.

While constituting the Index, the Indian states were divided into two major categories, large and small on the basis of their population.

Also, the PAC said it was not keen to access private data sources that may be interpreted as “biased”.

Interestingly, the 2018 PAC index also included a separate index on the children of India, reflecting a measure of how child-friendly these states were during the indexing period.

Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Mizoram topped the index on being the states to provide better living conditions for all children.

Meanwhile, where there are some smaller states in North East region that brought laurels in term of PAC indexing, states like Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland still have to march a long distance ahead in order to provide good governance to the individuals of these states.