VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh stood ninth in the best-governed States’ rankings in the country while Telangana was third in the category as per the Public Affairs Index 2018, released by the Public Affairs Centre (PAC), a not-for-profit research think tank.
Both the States were categorised under the Large States in delivering good governance and were given rankings by the PAC based on various parameters. Kerala bagged the first rank for the best-governed State.
Support to Human Development: AP - 22, TS - 10
Social Protection: AP - 10, TS - 2
Women and Children: AP - 8, TS-18
Delivery of Justice: AP - 18, TS - 16
Environment: AP - 9, TS - 10
Transparency and accountability: AP - 9, TS - 5
While AP fared better than Telangana in factors like Essential Infrastructure, Women and Child, and Children of India (a factor introduced for the first time by the PAC, which takes into account parameters like early childhood development, education, adolescence and protection, etc) and Environment, the latter pipped the former in Fiscal Management, Transparency and Accountability, Delivery of Justice and others.
What came as a surprise was the better ranking bagged by AP in Essential Infrastructure than that of Telangana. Ever since the bifurcation of the State, AP has been crying foul over the State lagging behind in infrastructure facilities when compared to Telangana due to ‘unscientific’ division of Andhra Pradesh.
The parameters that were taken into account in ranking the best Essential Infrastructure State were power, water, roads and communications and housing. In this category, AP secured 10th rank while Telangana was given 19th position. In Fiscal Management, Telangana stood at the top among the States while AP got a poor 23rd rank.
However, when it comes to crime and law and order, which took into account the number of violent crimes, atrocities and policing, AP was ranked 13th in the entire country while Telangana got 24th rank.