GS Paper - 2 (Governance)

Four of the top five positions in the sixth edition of Public Affairs Index 2021 (PAI 2021) are occupied by the southern States. Apart from looking at governance performance in the context of sustainable development defined by equity, growth and sustainability pillars.

As per the PAI 2021

  1. PAI 2021 also features analysis of five Centre-sponsored schemes that aid in key development parameters of health, education and livelihoods (Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, National Health Mission, Integrated Child Development Services, Samagra Siksha Abhiyan, and Midday Meal Scheme).
  2. The report also includes ranking of the states on the basis of their performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, apart from a Delta Analysis measuring year-on-year performance and Cluster Analysis of states.
  3. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh occupy the top three spots due to their consistent performance across both pillars.
  4. Karnataka dropped to the seventh rank in the Public Affairs Index 2021.
  5. PAI 2021 provides State-specific rationale for strategic interventions in investing in those sectors and spaces that are most in need of help.