Sikkim, Goa, and Mizoram took the top three spots among the small States in terms of overall performance with 0.907, 0.748, and 0.659 points on the index, respectively.
Similarly, Tripura, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Delhi, Uttarakhand, and Manipur obtained negative scores and Manipur was the lowest in the table with -0.783 points.
In the large state category, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana took the top three slots.
Among the six union territories, Puducherry and Jammu & Kashmir obtained positive scores with 1.345 and 0.39 points, respectively on the index, while the remaining four obtained a negative score.
This year’s Public Affairs Index also included a separate index on the children of India, giving a measure of how child-friendly each of the states is.
Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, and Mizoram topped the index on being the states to provide better living conditions for all children.
Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Bihar ranked the lowest on the index, indicating higher social and economic inequalities in the states.
The states were divided into two categories large and small, on the basis of their population.