Ease of living index: Bengaluru is the most livable city, Shimla is the best among small cities


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Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri announces the final ranking of the Ease of Living Index 2020. In the list of 49 million-plus cities, Bengaluru ranks at the first number followed by Pune and Ahmedabad while the capital city of India, Delhi ranks 13th on the list.


As per the report released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shimla topped in the list of "less than million population" category followed by Bhubaneswar and Silvassa among a total of 62 cities.


Earlier, PM Modi stated that we can perform better in the list of "Ease of Doing Business Index' only when our country performs better in the ' Ease of Living Index'. India had launched its first report on the 'Ease of Living Index' in the year 2018. The initiative was started to measure the 15 valuable criteria such as good governance, socio-economic status, major infrastructures, law 'n' order, and a clean environment.


A total of 111 cities were judged under two categories. No city from West Bengal has been included due to "data challenge".


In the list of " million-plus categories," the worst performer cities are Srinagar followed by Dhanbad and Bareily. However, in the list of " less than million population" category, Muzaffarpur from Bihar ranks bottom. Satna and Mamchi figured at 2nd and 3rd rank from the bottom of the list.


Along with these, Ministry has also launched the report on the " Municipal Performance Index". In the "million-plus category", Indore bagged the first rank followed by Surat and Bhopal while Guwahati, Kota, and Srinagar ranked lowest.


However, in the category of " less than a million population", New Delhi Municipal Council grabbed the first rank, followed by Tirupati and Gandhinagar while the municipalities of Shillong, Imphal, and Kohima were ranked lowest.


The government's basic necessity to study the performance of municipalities is to analyze the efficiency of local governance in the service mechanism, policy implementation, and other development structures such as governing bodies and their functioning capacity, the financial system, and planning.