Kolkata Is India’s Worst City For Jobs; Delhi, Mumbai Fail To Enter Top 10 List!
The country’s economic think-tank, Niti Aayog, has released the first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Urban Index on Tuesday.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Urban Index Performers
According to this, Bengaluru is the best and only city in the country that is providing decent jobs and ensuring economic growth.
At the same time, Shimla is the city ensuring sustainable development, as it has topped the index based on 15 parameters.
As per the findings, the Himachal’s capital managed the highest score of 75.5, followed by Coimbatore (73.29), Thiruvananthapuram (72.36), Chandigarh (72.36) and Kochi (72.29).
On the other hand, India’s coal capital Dhanbad scored the worst (52.43); Meerut (54.64), Itanagar (55.29), Guwahati (55.79) and Patna (57.29) could stand at the bottom five.
How Does It Work?
In SDG urban index, the maximum score a city can achieve is 100.
So the score ranges between 65 and 99 categorizes a city as a ‘front-runner’.
The cities scoring between 50-64 were called ‘performers’, while those scoring below 50 were considered ‘aspirants’.
Index Considers Decent Work And Economic Growth
During 2015, the United Nations has adopted 17 SDGs “as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity”.
Moving ahead, the Niti Aayog’s SDG Urban Index excluded two SDGs namely life underwater and partnership from the goals.
Out of these 15 sustainable goals, the 8th is based on providing decent work and economic growth.
Further, the 8th goal is based on 12 targets, including providing equal pay for equal value, reducing unemployment and promoting a safe work environment.
SDG Urban Index Highlights For 8th Goal
Out of the 56 cities surveyed, Bengaluru is the only city that managed the ‘front-runner’ category with a score of 79.
After this, the second-best city in this particular goal was Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur (64), followed by Uttarakhand’s capital Dehradun (59) and Goa’s capital Panaji (59).
Although, they were still in the performer’s category, far from achieving the goals.
Out of the 56 cities scanned by the NITI Aayog, only 13 scored above 50.
Apart from Bengaluru, most big cities in India fail to address this particular goal.
Kolkata – Weakest In Providing Decent Jobs And Economic Growth
Coming to Kolkata, it has received a score of just three out of 100 in providing decent jobs and economic growth.
This is the lowest score achieved by any city in the country.
In the case of the country’s financial capital, Mumbai scored 17 and so did Bihar’s capital Patna.
Coming to the aspirant category, Gujarat’s Ahmedabad (26) and Surat (28), all the seven cities in Uttar Pradesh, Telangana’s capital Hyderabad (48), national capital Delhi (45), Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai (36) all scored below 50 hence stood at the ‘aspirant’ category.