Gangtok, June 4:
The Sustainable Development Goal index for the year 2020-21 was released on 3rd June by Niti Aayog. As per the report Sikkim state has stood in the fourth position in the national ranking and first among northeast states to reach the top five positions in the index. The SDG India Index is tabulated annually by NITI Aayog in order to evaluate the progress of states and union territories on the basis of social, economic, and environmental criteria. Since its inaugural launch in 2018, the index has been comprehensively documenting and ranking the progress made by States and Union Territories towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Kerala SDG score was the highest amongst all the states and union territories of the country. With a score of 75 out of 100, Kerala just barely inched past Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as both these states had a score of 74. Andhra Pradesh came in third place with an SDG score of 72 out of 100 and Sikkim stood in the fourth position with 71 points. In the year 2019 Sikkim has scored 65 points.
Meanwhile, CM Prem Singh Tamang on his official Facebook page shared “ It gives me immense pleasure to inform everyone that Sikkim stood fourth in the national ranking and achieved the first position among the North-Eastern states in the Sustainable Development Goal index for 2020-21.
This is the most extensive report that tracks the progress of states and union territories and is prepared by the NITI Aayog, Government of India in collaboration with the United Nations.
I extend my gratitude to all the Ministers, MLAs, officials, and especially the Sikkimese people who have dedicated themselves and contributed towards this achievement. It is my firm belief that together we will accomplish new milestones in the years to come and take Sikkim to greater heights.”