Hat-trick award for Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has been adjudged the best performing big State for the third consecutive year, a latest study has revealed.

The study titled, “States of the State”, conducted by India Today, says that Tamil Nadu has topped in as many as 11 categories from a total of 12, including economy, tourism, infrastructure, inclusive development, law and order, along with entrepreneurship, cleanliness, environment, health, education and agriculture.

Expressing happiness over the recognition, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, said in a tweet: “Tamil Nadu has been chosen for this recognition for the third consecutive year only because of the concerted and untiring work done by government officials, employees and with the cooperation of the people of the State. I dedicate this award to all of them. Let us continue to work unitedly for the growth of the State.”

Tamil Nadu secured the top spot, scoring a total of 1,263.1 points out of 2,000 for its overall performance. The State also stood second in fighting the Covid pandemic, securing 74.2 points out of a 100. The recognition comes in the backdrop of Tamil Nadu bagging the first position in the composite ranking for good governance index (GGI), last year.

Meanwhile, Palaniswami on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court declaring holidays on 14 and 15 January for Pongal.

“I thank the Supreme Court on behalf of the people of Tamilnadu for declaring holidays for Pongal, which would help everyone realise the rich Tamil culture and tradition,” he said in a statement.