Andhra Pradesh has topped the ‘Ease of Living Index’ rankings release by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
Andhra Pradesh followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh have been awarded the three best states under AMRUT at the National Dissemination Workshop on Ease of Living Index, 2018, held in New Delhi on September 24. AMRUT, launched in 2015, aims at providing basic civic amenities to improve the quality of life.
While presenting the awards to the states, Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the Ease of Living Index is a transformative initiative of the ministry to help cities assess their liveability vis-à-vis national and global benchmarks. He exuded confidence that the Ease of Living Index will encourage all cities to move towards an ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management and promote healthy competition among cities.
The Ease of Living Index seeks to assist cities in undertaking a 360-degree assessment of their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. It was decided in June 2017 to rank 116 cities (all smart cities and million plus cities) based on the liveability parameters. The implementation of the assessment commenced formally on January 19, 2018.
Another highlight of the Ease of Living assessment standards is its close linkage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Of the 17 SDG goals, 8 goals are directly linked to India’s ease of living assessment framework with SDG 11.