Puducherry, Goa the highest Social Progress Index in India, 7 other states are also in Level 1 category | Popgen Tech


Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Goa have emerged as the top three states while Aizawl, Solan and Shimla are the top three districts in the Social Progress Index of India list released today by the Economic Advisory Council-Prime Minister along with the Institute for Competitiveness and Social Progress Imperative. .

The Social Progress Index (SPI) is a comprehensive tool that can serve as a holistic measure of a country’s social progress at the national and sub-national levels. The index rates states and districts based on 12 components across three important dimensions of social progress – Basic human needs, foundations of well-being, and opportunity. The index uses an extensive framework of 89 indicators at the state level and 49 at the district level.

Puducherry has the highest SPI score of 65.99 in the country, due to its remarkable performance across elements such as Personal Freedom and Choice, Shelter, and Water and Sanitation. It is closely followed by Lakshadweep and Goa with scores of 65.89 and 65.53, respectively. Jharkhand and Bihar scored the lowest, 43.95 and 44.47, respectively.

For the Basic Human Needs dimension, Goa, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Chandigarh are the top four states with the best performance in Water and Sanitation and Shelter as compared to other states and union territories. In addition, Goa has the highest component score for Water and Sanitation, followed by Kerala, which scores highest through the Nutrition and Basic Medical Care component. For Shelter and Personal Security, Chandigarh and Nagaland emerged as the frontrunners, respectively.

Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, and Goa emerged as the best performing states for Welfare Foundations. In the dimension for Access to Basic Knowledge component, Punjab has the highest component score of 62.92, while Delhi topped the list for Access to Information and Communication with a score of 71.30. For Health and Wellness, Rajasthan has the highest component score of 73.74. For Environmental Quality, the top three states belong to the northeastern region, namely, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Meghalaya.

Lastly, Tamil Nadu achieved the highest component score of 72.00 for the Opportunity dimension. In this dimension, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has the highest component score for Personal Rights, while Sikkim topped the list for Inclusiveness. It is commendable to witness Puducherry achieving top marks across two components of this dimension, ie, Personal Freedom and Choice and Access to Advanced Education.

There are 9 states listed in the Tier 1 category.

Level-I: Very high Social Progress

State SPI Arrange
Pondicherry 65.99 1
Lakshadweep 65.89 2
Goa 65.53 3
Sikkim 65.10 4
Mizoram 64.19 5
Tamil Nadu 63.33 6
Himachal Pradesh 63.28 7
Chandigarh 62.37 8
Kerala 62.05 9


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