BENGALURU: Karnataka has slipped from the top spot to 7th on the social protection index in the latest report of Public Affairs Centre. It was released by former chief justice of India M N Venkatachalaiah and former Lokayukta justice Santosh Hegde on Friday.
According to Public Affairs Index report, Kerala has replaced Karnataka at the top spot in the list of 18 states this year.
The report was based on indicators like allocation of grain under PDS, pension beneficiaries of the total population above 60 years, above households with no land, incidence of crime against SC/ST, titles distributed under ST and other traditional Forest Dwellers Act, minority children given pre-metric scholarship, Muslim enrolment, unemployment rate, number of government employees and average wage rate per day per person.
In public affairs index too, Karnataka’s rank has dropped. It has slipped to fourth position from the third last year.
Under 10 themes, 82 indicators were taken into consideration. The study was based on the information available in public domain. Data was collected from secondary sources and extracted from Union government ministries and departments. Social protection, welfare of women and children, law and order, delivery of justice were some of the themes. Kerala ranked first among the large states, followed by TN and Gujarat. Himachal Pradesh topped in the list of small states followed by Goa and Mizoram. The listed small states had less than 2 crore population.