The first edition of the North Eastern Region District SDG Index Report and Dashboard 2021-22 was released in New Delhi on Thursday. It is a collaborative effort by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region DoNER with technical support from UNDP. NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Dr Rajiv Kumar, Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region G.Kishan Reddy and Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region B L Verma launched the report.
Dr Rajiv Kumar stated that the North Eastern Region District SDG Index is an important milestone in India’s SDG journey aimed at leaving no one behind. He ssaid, it will strengthen SDG localization by putting the districts especially in the 8 Northeastern States at the forefront of SDG adoption, implementation and monitoring.
Minister G. Kishan Reddy said, the North Eastern Region District SDG 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.
Minister of State B.L Verma observed that what the North Eastern Region needs today is proper planning coupled with efficient execution and robust monitoring, which will be offered by the North Eastern Region District SDG Index.
CEO NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant said, in this decade of action, it is crucial to take SDGs to finer levels of administration and measure their impact and outcomes in a more granular manner, which is exactly what the North Eastern Region District SDG Index aims to achieve.
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. East Sikkim ranks first in the region followed by districts Gomati and North Tripura in the second position.