Kerala topped the list of best governed states in the country, Karnataka retained its fourth spot in the Public Affairs Index 2018.
According to an index released by Public Affairs Centre, Kerala topped the index, for the third time, for being the best governed large State in the country and Tamil Nadu and Telangana stood second and third respectively. The index was based on 10 themes, 30 focus subjects and 100 indicators.
The states were divided into two categories — large and small — on the basis of their population. States with more than two crore population were considered large.
A total of 30 focus subjects and 100 indicators were measured to derive the PAI, relying solely upon government data.
Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar ranked the lowest on the PAI, indicating higher social and economic inequalities in the states.
Among smaller states (with population less than two crore), 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.