Kerala (1.388 PAI Index point), Tamil Nadu (0.912), Andhra Pradesh (0.531) and Karnataka (0.468) stood in the first four ranks in the large state category in terms of governance.
According to the Public Affairs Index-2020 released by the Public Affairs Centre in Bengaluru, Kerala was adjudged the best-governed state in the country while Uttar Pradesh ended at the bottom in the large states category, NDTV reported.
The Bengaluru-based not-for-profit organisation, headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Kasturirangan, in its annual report released Friday, said the states were ranked on governance performance based on a composite index in the context of sustainable development.
It said that for southern states, Kerala (1.388 PAI Index point), Tamil Nadu (0.912), Andhra Pradesh (0.531) and Karnataka (0.468) stood in the first four ranks in the large state category in terms of governance.
Scoring -1.461, -1.201 and -1.158 points respectively, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar were at the bottom of the ranking, scoring negative points in the category.
Goa, in the small state category, ranked first with 1.745 points, followed by Meghalaya (0.797) and Himachal Pradesh (0.725).
Manipur (-0.363), Delhi (-0.289) and Uttarakhand (-0.277) were among the worst performers who scored negatively.
In the category of UTs, Chandigarh emerged the best-governed union territory with 1.05 PAI points, followed by Puducherry (0.52) and Lakshadweep (0.003). Dadar and Nagar Haveli (-0.69), Andaman, Jammu and Kashmir (-0.50) and Nicobar (-0.30) were the least performers.
The governance performance is analysed in the context of sustainable development defined by three pillars of equity, growth and sustainability, according to the PAC.
Mr Kasturirangan, speaking on the occasion, said: “The evidence that PAI 2020 generates and the insights that it provides must compel us to reflect on the economic and social transition that is underway in India.”