Recently Think tank Public Affairs Centre published a Public Affairs Index, 2020. Public Affairs Centre India ia a non-profit organization (NPO). According to the 2020 Public Affairs index, Kerala was the best governed the state in india. Public Affairs index was released by the committee headed by a former ISRO chairman Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan.

According to the index, the states were ranked in the context of sustainable development. The Governance of the states was analysed based on 3 pillars namely growth, sustainability and equity.


  • Kerala state was awarded with the top most ranking
  • Uttar Pradesh with the bottom most ranking.
  • In large state category, Kerala topped the listing with an index of 1.388.
  • Tamil Nadu with 0.91,
  • Andhra Pradesh with 0.5 31 and
  • Karnataka with 0.468

The bottom most ranking was occupied by Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the same category

  • In the small state category Goa topped the list followed by Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh.
  • The bottom most states in this category were Manipur, Delhi & Uttarakhand.

In the category of UT Chandigarh was the top performing region followed by Puducherry and Lakshadweep. Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, J&K were the least performing UT.

About Kasturirangan report

Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan led a 10 members panel to study the Western Ghats and create a report. The Central Government accepted his report. Earlier similar report was prepared by Gadgil committee (Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel). However according to Central Government the Gadgil (Madhav Gadgil) Commission report was highly infeasible.

Both Kasturirangan and Gadgil Commission Report focused on creating sustainable development in the Western Ghats region without causing big environmental damages.

About Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan

Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan is a Indian space scientist who headed the ISRO from 1994 to 2003. Kasturirangan is currently serving as the chancellor of Central University of Rajasthan and NIIT University. Kasturirangan was awarded with the 3 most prestigious civilian Awards of India namely Padma Bhushan, padmashri, Padma vibhushan. Kasturirangan was a former Rajya Sabha (Upper House) member and a former member of Planning Commission (now Niti Aayog) of India.

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