NITI Aayog’s health index: Among UTs, J&K emerges 2nd best performer in terms of incremental performance

By: Ibni Maqbool

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir has bagged the second slot among the Union Territories in terms of incremental performance in the state health index released by the NITI Aayog on Monday.

According to the report, a copy of which is in possession of The Precious Kashmir, among the UTs, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir secured first and second ranks respectively in terms of incremental performance.

“The UTs of Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar observed positive incremental change whereas DH & DD and Chandigarh registered negative incremental change. Delhi observed the highest incremental change of 9.7 percentage points while Andaman & Nicobar observed the lowest incremental change of 0.1 percentage points,” reads the report.

The fourth edition of the State Health Index for 2019–20 was released by the NITI Ayog on Monday.

The report, titled “healthy states, progressive India”, ranks states and Union Territories on their year-on-year incremental performance in health outcomes as well as their overall status. The report focuses on measuring and highlighting the overall performance and incremental improvement of states and UTs over the period 2018–19 to 2019–20.

The report reveals that nearly 60 percent of the indicators in J&K were in the improved/most improved/fully achieved category so far as the incremental performance from the base year (2018-19) to reference year (2019-20) was concerned.

“On the other hand, Lakshadweep had only around 24 percent of the indicators in these categories. In all UTs (except J&K and Chandigarh), more than 55 percent of the indicators were either stagnant, or had worsened in the reference year (2019-20),” the report further states.

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