In the Public Affairs Index-2017, Karnataka has lost its place in the top three slots and has dropped to the fourth position. Last year, Karnataka was at the third position in the Index. The state scored well in 10 out of 11 parameters, but it slipped one spot because it’s score in delivery of justice was not so good. In terms of delivery of justice, it was placed at the 11th spot among big states and 18th overall. The index is published by the Public Affairs Center, which looks into various aspects such as pendency of cases in high courts and district courts, vacancies in such courts, and the number of undertrials. Karnataka’s score was also not good in fiscal management, as it stood 10th among large states and 16th overall. Areas wherein Karnataka performed well include environment protection initiatives, efforts to improve transparency, and launching specialized projects for the welfare of women and children.
The study categorizes states based on their population; 18 large states with population in excess of 2 crore and 12 smaller states that have population less than 2 crore. Kerala has retained the top spot among larger states this year too, whereas Bihar has been ranked the last in the list. Himachal Pradesh was ranked first among the smaller states.