According to the defined conditions, East Sikkim ranked first in terms of fulfilling sustainable development objectives in the Niti Aayog’s North Eastern Region (NER) District SDG Index Report 2021-22, whereas Nagaland’s Kiphire ranked last.
On Thursday, NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region (M/DoNER) released the inaugural edition of the North Eastern Region (NER) District SDG Index Report and Dashboard 202122. The index assesses and evaluates the performance of districts in the eight states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated objectives.
East Sikkim scores top in the region with a score of 75.87, followed by districts Gomati and North Tripura (scoring 75.73). According to the study, the scores for the 103 districts range from 53 in Kiphire, Nagaland to 75.87 in East Sikkim, Sikkim.
“The North Eastern Region District SDG Index is an important milestone in our SDG journey aimed at leaving no one behind,” said Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar. “It will strengthen SDG localization by putting districts, particularly in our eight northeastern states, at the forefront of SDG adoption, implementation, and monitoring.”
G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of DONER, Tourism, and Culture, stated that the index will aid in evidence-based planning, resource allocation (both financial and non-financial), and effective supervision and monitoring of development activities for targeted and balanced regional development. The NER District SDG Index and Dashboard 202122 measures district development across all eight states in the region on 84 indicators linked with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation’s (MoSPI) National Indicator Framework (NIF).
The 84 indicators cover 15 of the global objectives, with 50 targets in total. 40% of the 84 variables included for computation came from Union ministries and national-level surveys, while 60% came from state sources.
It provides insights into the region’s and its districts’ social, economic, and environmental status as they work to achieve the SDGs.
(Source – Business Standard)