Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sikkim gets four awards@7th India Today State of States Conclave

New Delhi,Sep14 : Punjab and Delhi were on Monday honoured as the overall best performing big and small states respectively at the 7th India Today State of States Conclave.

The 2009 edition of the Conclave saw Punjab walk away with best performance among big states in agriculture, consumer markets and infrastructure. Himachal ranked the highest among the big states in education, health and investment.

Among the small states, Delhi's performance in consumer markets and infrastructure was adjudged the best while Goa was honoured for health, investment and macro economy.

The Conclave, an annual event of the India Today Group, was held at the Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi.
Sikkim was honoured with four awards. It has ranked first in Education in the small State category .For the India Today Bharat Nirman Awards among the small State category Sikkim was ranked highest in the rural roads, E-governance and rural electrification. The awards were presented by the chief guest, Union Minister Agriculture and Food, Sharad Pawar. Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was present on this occasion to receive the awards.

For the India Today Bharat Nirman Awards, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu were the best big states in Rural Roads and Irrigation respectively. Andhra Pradesh was adjudged the best big state in Rural Electrification.

Among the small states, Sikkim was ranked the highest in Rural Roads and E-Governance, and Nagaland for Housing for Poor.

Overall Performance

Best Big State: Punjab
Best Small State: Delhi
Fastest Mover: Himachal Pradesh
Best Big State: Himachal Pradesh
Best Small State: Sikkim
Fastest Mover (2003-09): Uttarakhand

Rural Roads
Best Big State: Uttar Pradesh
Best Small State: Sikkim
Rural Electrification
Best Big State: Andhra Pradesh
Best Small State: Sikkim
Best Big State: Haryana
Best Small State: Sikkim