Delhi tops in fiscal management, Himachal Pradesh at the bottom

Delhi is right at the top in fiscal responsibility and budget management indicators, and resource generation & development expenditure. The other states in the top five are Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim

GN Bureau | June 1, 2016


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The Public Affairs Centre, a not for profit organisation, assessed states and union territories using data available in the public domain in key areas of governance and came out with ‘Public Affairs Index’, presenting an inter-state comparison. The states were compared on 10 areas each and were given scores between 0 and 1, with 0 being the lowest score and 1 being the highest. Here’s a look at:

Fiscal management

It comprised of two focus subject (and their indicators):

1. Fiscal responsibility and budget management indicators

  • Revenue surplus/deficit (percent of gross state domestic product)
  • Fiscal surplus/deficit (percent of gross state domestic product)
  • Debt burden (percent of gross state domestic product)

2. Resource generation & development expenditure

  • Per capita development expenditure
  • State’s own tax revenue growth

Here are the rankings:

State/Union territory PAI Index Ranking
Delhi 0.567 1
Meghalaya 0.557 2
Manipur 0.554 3
Arunachal Pradesh 0.538 4
Sikkim 0.517 5
Goa 0.506 6
Uttar Pradesh 0.494 7
Assam 0.49 8
Jharkhand 0.483 9
Bihar 0.473 10
Jammu and Kashmir 0.472 11
Odisha 0.469 12
Chhattisgarh 0.455 13
Punjab 0.454 14
Madhya Pradesh 0.45 15
Tripura 0.435 16
Rajasthan 0.433 17
Karnataka 0.427 18
Tamil Nadu 0.426 19
West Bengal 0.425 20
Kerala 0.425 21
Uttarakhand 0.423 22
Gujarat 0.421 23
Nagaland 0.419 24
Haryana 0.41 25
Maharashtra 0.393 26
Mizoram 0.347 27
Andhra Pradesh 0.331 28
Himachal Pradesh 0.248 29

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