Shimla City ranked first in the Ease
Of Living Index (EoLI) among the cities having population below 10 lac. This is
a matter of pride for the State Govt. and the Citizens of Shimla. Ease of
living Index is an objective evaluation of the liveability of a city. In the
results announced today by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt. of
India, Shimla ranked number 1 taking a long stride from
the raking in 2018 wherein Shimla was
rated at 92nd place.The
ranking of Shimla in the Ease of Living Index is an indication of the pace of
development and the commitment of the State Govt. towards the welfare of the
It is pertinent to mention here that
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in order to assess the progress made in cities through
various initiatives and empower them to use evidence to plan, implement &
monitor their performance had launched two
Assessment Frameworks, viz. Ease of LivingIndex (EoLI) and Municipal
Performance Index (MPI) 2019. Both these indices were designed to assess
quality of life of citizens in 100 Smart Cities and 14 other Cities having
population more than 10 lac.
Ease of Living Index is aimed at providing a holistic view of Indian cities –
starting from the services provided by urban local bodies, the effectiveness of
the administration, the outcomes generated through these services in terms of
the liveability within cities and, finally, the citizen perception of these
outcomes. The key objectives of the Ease of Living Index were four-folds, viz. 1) generate information to
guide evidence-based policy making; 2) catalyse action to achieve broader
developmental outcomes including the SDG; 3) assess and compare the outcomes
achieved from various urban policies and schemes; and 4) obtain the perception
of citizens about their view of the services provided by the city administration.
Ease of Living was based on assessment
of ease of living of citizens across three points i.e. Quality of Life,
Economic Ability and Sustainability which were further divided into 14
categories across 50 indicators.
The ranking of the Shimla as Number 1
is a reflection of the development that has taken place in the recent years in
the State. Unprecedented development in the fields of education, health, public
works and other sectors as well and decline in the crime rate in the State have
added to the liveability of Shimla City. Continuous and uniform planned
development in the State despite adverse situations arising because of Covid-19
pandemic is perfect example of dedication and citizen friendly administration
of the state Govt.
Shimla Ranks No. 1 in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Shimla is at the top of a list of 56 urban areas that ranks
cities on sustainable development goals (SDGs) such as eliminating poverty and
ensuring quality education, and gender equality, federal policy think tank NITI
Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Panaji, Pune,
Tiruchirapalli, Ahmedabad and Nagpur, in that order, follow Shimla, in having
achieved these goals, according to an SDG urban index developed jointly by NITI
Aayog and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
known as BMZ and German development agency GIZ.
These ten urban areas have scored between 75.5 and 69.79 of 100
to be ranked as front runners.
The SDG Urban Index ranks 56 urban areas on 77 SDG indicators
across 46 targets of the SDG framework. The idea is to strengthen localisation
of the SDG framework and ensure close monitoring of progress at the city level.
Cities are fast becoming engines of growth and the SDG urban
index and dashboard will go a long way in setting up a robust SDG monitoring
system in our cities and is a milestone in our SDG localisation journey.
Seventeen SDG goals adopted
in 2015 by UN member nations form a blueprint of prosperity for people and the
planet. It recognises that ending poverty and other deprivations must go
hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce
inequality and spur economic growth, while tackling climate change