Context: In the recently released Public Affairs Index-2020, Kerala was adjudged the best governed State in the large States category, while Uttar Pradesh ended at the bottom.

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  • The index is released by the Public Affairs Centre.
    • Public Affairs Centre is a not-for-profit organisation, headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Kasturirangan.
  • The index ranks States based on governance performance giving a composite index in the context of sustainable development. 

Performance of different States:

  • In the large State category 
    • At the top: Four southern States - Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka stood in the first four ranks in terms of governance.
    • At the bottom: Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar were at the bottom of the ranking.
  • In the small State category 
    • At the top: Goa ranked first, followed by Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh. 
    • The worst performers with negative points: Manipur, Delhi and Uttarakhand.
  • Union Territories
    • Chandigarh emerged at the top in the category of Union Territories followed by Puducherry and Lakshadweep. 
    • Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Andaman, Jammu and Kashmir and Nicobar were the worst performers.


  • The governance performance is analysed in the context of sustainable development defined by the three pillars of equity, growth and sustainability.
  • The index must compel to reflect on the economic and social transition that is under way in India.

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