Public Affairs Centre released its flagship product, the Public Affairs Index 2017 (PAI) on May 12, 2017. This is the second edition of the PAI after the first edition was released in 2016. PAI 2016 gained tremendous recognition from various quarters that included the governments of Karnataka, Kerala, Meghalaya, Maharashtra and many other states including the Government of India.
The PAI is a data-based tool that objectively ranks the various states of India on the quality of governance using data purely available in the public domain.
The second edition is bigger compared to the first edition that examined governance over 10 themes using 25 focus subjects and measuring 68 different indicators. The second edition consists of 26 focus subjects and 82 indicators. The latest study also includes a special focus on a new theme, ‘Inequality’. In addition to this, data for Telangana has been included in the new study that was not part of the older edition due to lack of availability of data.
The study was released by Justice M N Venkatachaliah, Chairman of PAC and former Chief Justice of India and website for PAI (www.pai.pacindia.org) was launched by Justice N Santosh Hegde, former Supreme Court judge and Lokayukta for Karnataka.