Gujarat topped the NITI Aayog State Energy and climate Index (SECI) among larger states, which ranks the states and Union territories under six parameters including energy efficiency discom’s performance, and environmental sustainability. Kerala and Punjab came in the second and third positions among larger states according to the SECI Round 1 released on Monday.
Goa emerged as the top-performing state in the ‘Smaller States’ category, followed by Tripura and Manipur.
Among the larger states, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand were placed at the bottom of the index.
ROLE OF THE STATES CRITICAL
Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Dr. Ray Kumar said there was a need to convert the efforts towards achieving the “Panchamrit targets announced by the Prime Minister PM at COP-26, Glasgow into a peoples movement. “In order to do this, the role of the States is going to be critical. Governance, innovation and mutual learning by states shall go a long way in improving outcomes and SECI Round I is the night step in this direction,” he said.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that achieving the ambitious climate targets would require a conducive policy environment to encourage investment. He also remarked that the State Energy and Climate Index Round-I will help initiate a dialogue with the states on the energy sector so that much required policy improvements can be made.
NITI Aayog has developed the State Energy and Climate Index (SECI) which measures the state’s efforts for improving the energy sector. The index has been designed to assess and identify the scope for improving the performance of states and to help them efficiently manage their energy resources. This will provide the states and concerned central ministries/departments with a ready reckoner of valuable information which in turn would empower them to fomulate and implement suitable policies.
The findings will help the states to take timely remedial measures for better management, thereby, meeting expectations of the citizens. The overall objective of the index is to develop healthy competition among the states to perform better and provide quality energy services to users in their states.
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