East Sikkim ranks 1st in NITI Aayog's NER District SDG Index Report 2021-22
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Gangtok: East Sikkim has topped in terms of meeting sustainable development goals in Niti Aayog’s North Eastern Region (NER) District SDG Index Report 2021-22.

The first edition of the NER District SDG Index Report and Dashboard 2021-22 by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) was released on Thursday.

According to the report, out of the 103 districts considered for ranking, 64 districts belonged to the front runner category while 39 districts were in the performer category in the composite score and ranking of districts.

All districts in Sikkim and Tripura fall in the Front Runner category and there are no districts in the aspirant or achiever categories, the report said.

East Sikkim, with a score of 75.87, ranks first in the region followed by districts Gomati and North Tripura (score 75.73) at the second position.

The score for the 103 districts ranges from 53 in Kiphire, Nagaland to 75.87 in East Sikkim, Sikkim, the report said.

All four districts of Sikkim were in the top 20, with South Sikkim in top 10 in the Front Runners category securing 74.80 SDG score to rank sixth.

North Sikkim was adjudged 14th with 72.00 SDG score, and West Sikkim secured 71.87 SDG score to secure 17th position among the 103 districts.

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The NER District SDG Index measures the performance of the districts of the eight states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their corresponding targets and ranks the districts based on the same.

In his remarks, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said: “The North Eastern Region District SDG Index is an important milestone in our SDG journey aimed at leaving no one behind and will strengthen SDG localization, by putting the districts, especially in our 8 northeastern states, at the forefront of SDG adoption, implementation, and monitoring.”

Union Minister of DONER, Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy said the index will help in evidence-based planning, resource allocation, both financial as well as others, and effective supervision and monitoring of the developmental efforts for focused and balanced regional development.

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