Maharashtra bagged the sixth position in governance among the states in the country in the recently released Public Affairs Index of Public Affairs Centre.
The state secured an impressive second rank on the economic freedom parameter. But it stood 26th in fiscal management.
The states were categorized as big and small, depending on their population.Ten themes covering 25 focus subjects and 68 variables were taken into account while preparing the index.
Kerala topped both the big and small states' group with 0.5675 points, followed by Tamil Nadu with 0.5498 and Karnataka with 0.547 points. Among the smaller states, Mizoram topped with 0.5428 points and Himachal Pradesh with 0.5389 points.The Union Territories were not included in the study.
The project was led by C K Mathew, a senior fellow at PAC. A retired 1977 batch IAS officer, he served as the chief secretary in Rajasthan. He was assisted by Symbiosis alumnus Athreya Mukunthan and Vivek Devakar.