Kerala among top 29 states in good goverance

Trivandrum - The southern state performed above average in women and children category, crime, law and order.



By T K Devasia

Published: Sun 13 Mar 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 14 Mar 2016, 9:11 AM

Bengaluru-based think-tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC) has ranked poll-bound Kerala top among 29 Indian states in good governance, bringing cheers to ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), which is reeling under a series of scandals and scams.
Another poll-bound state Tamil Nadu has secured second rank in the good governance index, which was prepared on the basis of a nation-wide survey covering aspects like economic, social and infrastructure development. The third, fourth and fifth ranks have gone to Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat respectively.
The states were measured against 10 parameters comprising a total of 25 subjects and 68 development indicators. The report released by former Chief Justice of India M N Venkatachaliah at Bengaluru on Saturday said Kerala emerged at the top as it could balance all 10 themes, including economic, social, infrastructure and other aspects of governance.
The southern state performed above average in women and children category, crime, law and order.
The report pointed out that the huge advancements Kerala made in the areas of health and education gave it an edge among the states.
The report also mentioned migration as a positive factor behind advancements made by the state in social and economic spheres. Another major contributing factor found by the survey was the slant in political environment towards a leftist and socialistic economy. The ranking has come as a boost to the UDF, which is going to polls on May 16 with development as main campaign theme.
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