Tripura, Sikkim Tops in Northeast Sustainable Development

GUWAHATI: All districts in Sikkim and Tripura fall in the Front Runner category in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the NorthEastern Region (NER) and there are no districts in the Aspirant or Achiever categories.

The report was released by NITI Aayog and the ministry of development of the northeastern region on Wednesday.

According to the report out of the 103 districts considered for ranking, 64 districts belonged to the Front Runner category while 39 districts were in the Performer category in the composite score and ranking of districts. All districts in Sikkim and Tripura fall in the Front Runner category and there are no districts in the Aspirant or Achiever categories.

NITI Aayog also has a state-level index but the district level index for the NE region released on Thursday highlighting the level of sustainable development in this region, infuse a sense of competition among states and to focus policy and administrative attention on areas where improvements are needed.

The North Eastern Region (NER) District SDG Index and Dashboard 2021–22 tracks the progress of the districts of all eight States of the region on 84 indicators that are aligned to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation’s (MoSPI) National Indicator Framework (NIF). The 84 indicators cover 15 of the Global Goals across 50 targets.

According to the report these goals were adopted by India in 2015.

The report has further said that all eight districts in Tripura and all four in Sikkim have scored in the range of 65-99 on a scale of 100, indicating the overall score across different welfare goals earned the districts a place in the front runners’ category.

Seven out of 11 districts in Mizoram, eight out of 16 in Manipur, 23 out of 33 districts in Assam, and 13 out of 25 districts in Arunachal Pradesh also made it to this category.

In Nagaland, 11 out of 12 districts scored in the range of 50-64 and were included in the category of “performers”.

In Meghalaya, 10 out of 11 districts were in this category.

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