There is something uncanny about report cards that throw up a mixed bag of results. Nagaland, for instance, has scored zero in some categories and is a frontrunner in others in implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets.
The state was ranked one of the three worst performers under industry, innovation and infrastructure category with a zero score in implementation, according to SDG India Index Baseline Report, 2018 released by the Niti Aayog recently. The other two states with zero score are Mizoram and Goa.
In SDG index score for the goal of industry, innovation and infrastructure, Nagaland is also among the last three worst performers with a score of 40. Manipur ranked the lowest with a score of 33.
Under the SDG index score for the goal of good health and well-being, the state is again has one of the lowest score (34) under the aspirant category.
However, under the SDG index score for the goal of peace, justice and strong institutions, Nagaland is one of the frontrunners with a score of 87. Under the goal of zero hunger, the state was accorded 69 points, which also falls in the same category. In the goal of clean water and sanitation, it stood at 58.
The SDG index score for the goal of reduced inequalities for Nagaland stood at 80, which falls under the frontrunner category, while Meghalaya, Mizoram and Telangana were the only three states which were deemed achievers.
The Niti Aayog developed the country’s first SDG India Index to document progress made by the states and Union Territories towards meeting SDG targets and released a baseline report for 2018.
The SDG India Index was constructed spanning across 13 out of 17 SDGs. The index tracks the progress of all the states and Union Territories on a set of 62 priority indicators, measuring their progress on the outcomes of the interventions and schemes of the government. (Agencies)