East Sikkim emerges best performing in North East in meeting sustainable development goals

Summit Report

New Delhi, 26 Aug: East district has emerged as the best-performing district in the North East Region in meeting targets set for the Sustainable Development Goals, a press release from Press Information

Bureau informs. With a score of 75.87, East Sikkim edged past Gomati district in North Tripura

districts which scored 75.73 points in the North Eastern Region District SDG Index Report and Dashboard 2021–22 released by the NITI Aayog and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region today. A total of 103 districts in the eight states of the North East Council were evaluated for the Report and received points ranging from 53 to the highest received by East Sikkim at 75.87. The NER District SDG Index& Dashboard, developed with technical support from UNDP, is a first of its kind in the country as it focuses on the North Eastern Region, the release adds. The 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 and their corresponding targets and ranks the districts based on the same. The index itself is based on NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index – the principal and official tool for monitoring progress on the SDGs at the national and State and Union Territory levels and shares the common ethos of benchmarking performance and ranking on the SDGs to foster competition among the districts. The index, the release adds, offers insights into the social, economic, and environmental status of the region and its districts as they move towards achieving the SDGs. The government has held it up as a unique policy-tool which has immense potential to measure district level progress, highlight critical gaps, facilitate resource allocation, and also provide a handy tool for policy makers in the North Eastern states, Ministry of DoNER and other Union Ministries. NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson, Dr Rajiv Kumar, Union

Minister of DoNER, G Kishan Reddy and Union Minister of State for DoNER, BL Verma, launched the report today in the presence of Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Dr Inder Jit Singh, Secretary, Ministry of DoNER; Nadia Rasheed, Resident Representative (i/c), UNDP; and Sanyukta Samaddar, Advisor(SDG), NITI Aayog, the release adds. In his remarks, The NITI Aayog Vice Chairman 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.” The DoNER MoS in turn observed, “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.” The NER District SDG Index, the release adds, aims at delineating progress at the district

level on a basket of indicators and enhancing analytical understanding of sectoral issues as well as data gaps, while assisting in designing future courses of action in the region. The modular nature of the index makes it a policy tool and a ready reckoner for gauging progress of districts on the expansive set of the Global Goals, including health, education, gender, economic growth, institutions, climate change and environment, among others.