Mizoram tops in social protection, Bihar at the bottom

Mizoram is right at the top in areas of public distribution system, social justice & empowerment, minority welfare and employment. The other states in the top five are Sikkim, Karnataka, West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir

GN Bureau | May 4, 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:

Social protection

It comprised of four focus subjects (and their indicators):

1. Public distribution system

  • Allocation and offtake of grain under PDS

2. Social justice & empowerment

  • Percentage of pension beneficiaries of the total population above 60
  • Percentage of households with no land
  • Incidence of crime against SC/ST

3. Minority welfare

  • Number of minority children given pre metric scholarship

4. Employment

  • Unemployment rate
  • Percentage of manual casual labour

Here are the rankings:

State/Union territory PAI Index Ranking
Mizoram 0.795 1
Sikkim 0.672 2
Karnataka 0.665 3
West Bengal 0.65 4
Jammu and Kashmir 0.642 5
Kerala 0.636 6
Madhya Pradesh 0.603 7
Arunachal Pradesh 0.603 8
Himachal Pradesh 0.6 9
Rajasthan 0.592 10
Tamil Nadu 0.589 11
Uttar Pradesh 0.575 12
Nagaland 0.572 13
Uttarakhand 0.567 14
Meghalaya 0.562 15
Manipur 0.559 16
Assam 0.543 17
Maharashtra 0.521 18
Delhi 0.521 19
Chhattisgarh 0.519 20
Odisha 0.516 21
Goa 0.469 22
Tripura 0.468 23
Gujarat 0.432 24
Punjab 0.4 25
Andhra Pradesh 0.389 26
Jharkhand 0.385 27
Haryana 0.35 28
Bihar 0.303 29

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