Aizawl, 7th June: Rated as one of the three “fast-moving states” with the highest gains by 12 points in development scores from 56 in 2019, Mizoram’s journey towards delivering on sustainable goals as assessed by the SDG Index 2020-21 clearly reflects steps taken to achieve a more sustainable and energy-efficient way of life.

Haryana with a 10 point improvement from 57 to 67 and Uttarakhand that moved up 8 points from 64 to 72 have also been classified as fast-moving states, based on initiatives to do better across goals. In both these states, steps towards sustainable cities have evidently contributed to their scores. Also, all three states have been rated as “achievers” under “affordable and clean energy” with a 100% score for electrification of households and access to gas connections.

The SDG Index released by Niti Aayog categorizes performance based on indicators over a score that ranges from aspirants at the bottom with a score of 0-49 followed by performers (50-64), front runners (65-99), and achiever (100).

In terms of “responsible consumption and production”, Mizoram’s score improved from a low 50 (performer) to an impressive 87 (front runner).

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In the case of Haryana, wards with 100% door-to-door waste collection went up from 91.4% to 93.9% between 2019 to 2020. Also, wards with 100% waste segregation increased from 50.2% to 65%.

Uttarakhand has made significant improvements in good health and well-being. It turns out that the under 5 mortality rate (per 1000 live births) declined from 47 to 33 in 2020. It also comes through that 90% of children within 9-11 months were immunized in 2020. However, there are concerns, like the maternal mortality rate (per 1 lakh live births) increased from 89 to 99 in 2020.