Panaji: It was feather in the cap for Goa State as it ranked the best Governed State in small States category by Public Affairs Centre (PAC) in its Public Affairs Index (PAI).
It is informed that, Performance of Goa in all pillars has been above average. In the PAI it was noted the State appeared among the top 3 in 21 indicators, with majority of the indicators belonging to the Growth Pillar.
Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant expressed happiness as Goa has been ranked the best Governed Small state by public Affairs Centre. He said that, `This award is testimony to our Ex-Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar`s dedication towards progress and development of Goa. we are truly committed to carry forward legacy of late Parrikar“.
PAC has also mentioned that, the State performed well in diverse sectors, i.e lower drop, lesser slums, reduction in infants deaths, lower incidence of crimes against women, increase in growth rate of GSDP per capita, better solid waste management etc.
The State is at the bottom 3 in 12 indicators with majority of the indicators belonging to the equity pillar.
PAI 2019 recommended the State to focus on the functioning of the ICDS programme, especially to improve health, education and nutritional outcome for the children.
Public Affairs Centre engages in action research focusing on sustainable Development Goals in the context of India. PAC established in 1994 with mandate to improve the quality of governance in India.