Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed happiness that Himachal Pradesh has emerged front runner along-with Kerala and Tamil Nadu in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the state ranking released by NITI Aayog.He said that Himachal Pradesh has been ranked high on providing clean water and sanitation, in reducing inequalities and preserving the mountain ecosystem.The Chief Minister said that this has been possible due to active cooperation of the people of the state. The state government is committed to providing best basic amenities to its citizen for which all-out efforts are being made. He said that Himachal Pradesh has been bestowed with immense natural grandeur and his government is resolute to preserve the precious environment and ecosystem.The report prepared, with the support of the UN in India, has listed out the India index with aims to measure the progress of states and Union Territories (UTs).The index covers 13 of the 17 sustainable development goals, including healthcare, gender equality, clean energy, infrastructure, education, peace and building strong, accountable institutions. The index comprises a composite score for each State and Union Territory based on their aggregate performance across 13 of the 17 SDGs. Among the States, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala are the front runners, with an SDG India Index score of 69.