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Sustainable Development Goals Index 2019-20

Published on December 30, 2019
Current context: NITI Aayog released the 2nd edition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index on 30th Dec 19.
Sustainable Development Goals Index 2019-20 
  • The SDG Index has been developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), the United Nations in India, and the Global Green Growth Institute.
  • The Index helps to track the progress across all States and Union Territories on 100 indicators to meet the SDGs target 2030.
  • The highlights of the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2019-20 are:
    1. India’s composite score has improved from 57 in 2018 to 60 in 2019.
    2. The maximum gains been made in SDG Goals 6 (clean water and sanitation), Goal 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure) and Goal 7 (affordable and clean energy).
    3. States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam, that were in the ‘Aspirant’ category (with score/s in the range of 0–49) have graduated to the ‘Performer’ category (50–64).
    4. Five states—Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Goa, and Sikkim—moved up from the ‘Performer’ category to the ‘Front Runner’ category (65–99).
    5. Kerala topped the composite SDG Index with a score of 70, followed by Himachal Pradesh at 69.
    6. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu ranked at the third position with the score of 67.
    7. States of UP (which has moved from the 29th position to the 23rd), Orissa (23rd to 15th), and Sikkim (15th to 7th) were the biggest improvers since 2018.
  • SDG India Index score Classification criteria is :
    1. Aspirant: 0–49
    2. Performer: 50–64
    3. Front Runner: 65–99
    4. Achiever: 100
  • NITI Aayog Chairman: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • NITI Aayog Vice Chairman: Dr Rajiv Kumar
  • NITI Aayog CEO: Amitabh Kant
  • NITI Aayog SDG Adviser: Sanyukta Samaddar
  • Formed: 1st Jan 2015


Q.1 Which state topped the composite Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2019-20?
a. Tamil Nadu
b. Kerala
c. Andhra Pradesh
d. Karnataka
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