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Kerala, TamilNadu and Telangana Emerge as Topper in Governance Performance – PAI 2021

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Kerala,Tamil Nadu,Telangana emerge toppers in governance performanceAccording to the report of 6th edition, Public Affairs Index (PAI 2021) by the  Public Affairs Centre (PAC) , a Bengaluru- based non-profit think tank, the top three slots have been taken by Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana among 18 large states.

  • PAI 2021 highlights the state government’s quality governance and specially the state’s government involvement over the curb of Covid-19.


Public Affairs Index (PAI 2021) ranks the states and Union Territories based on three pillars of equity, growth and sustainability along with 5 themes, 14 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and 43 indicators.

Overall PAC Index 2021 

Toppers among large states – Kerala (1.618), Tamil Nadu (0.857), and Telangana (0.891)

Toppers among small states – Sikkim (1.617), Meghalaya (1.144) and Mizoram (1.123)

Toppers among Union Territories – Puducherry (1.182), Jammu and Kashmir (0.705) and Chandigarh (0.628)

Rank Large StatesSmall States Union Territories
2Tamil NaduMeghalayaJammu and Kashmir

Least Performers

i.Karnataka (-1.161), Odisha (-1.462) and Uttar Pradesh (-1.500) were ranked least among large states.

ii.Uttarakhand (-0.874), Delhi (-1.132) and Arunachal Pradesh (-1.521) were ranked least among small states.

iii.Lakshadweep (-0.516), Andaman & N. Island (-0.526) and Dadra & Nagar Haveli (-1.473) were the least performers among Union territories.

PAC 2021 Ranking compared to PAC 2020

i.Andhrapradesh has slipped to eight from third position same as karnataka which declined to 16th from the 12th position last time.

ii.Gujarat and Jharkhand have shown a jump to 5th and 9th position respectively.

iii.Maharashtra and West Bengal have also shown a decline in the Index.

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  • Index has ranked 104 countries in terms of government capabilities and outcomes.
  • The 2021 report is the 1st Edition of the CGGI. It measures each country over 50 open data points.

About Public Affairs Centre (PAC)

Chairman – Dr. A. Ravindra , IAS (Former Chief Secretary, Karnataka)
Location – Bengaluru, Karnataka