New Delhi, July 22: Kerala ruled by Pinarayi Vijayan stands as the best-governed state in the country followed by Tamil Nadu, claimed the Public Affairs Index (PAI) 2018 released by the think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC). As per the report, Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat bagged third, fourth and fifth position respectively among the top five states delivering good governance. Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar ranked the lowest on the Public Affairs Index, indicating higher social and economic inequalities in the states.

“Kerala has topped the PAI  for 2018 as the best governed state for the third consecutive year since 2016 among large states,” said Bengaluru-based PAC at an event in the city on Saturday evening to release its third annual PAI.

Among smaller states with population less than two crore, Himachal Pradesh topped the list, followed by Goa, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura which figured among the top five states with good governance. Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya were ranked at the bottom of the index among small states.

The think tank has undertaken the study across all the Indian states considering them across 10 themes such as essential infrastructure, support to human development, social protection, women and children as well as law and order. The states were divided into two categories — large and small — on the basis of their population. States with more than two crore population were considered large.

(With agency inputs)