State of Governance 2023 Report Card

Maharashtra ranks #4 in the SKOCH State of Governance 2023

Maharashtra becomes #4 nationally in the SKOCH State of Governance Report 2023.


  • Maharashtra becomes #4 nationally in the SKOCH State of Governance Report 2023.
  • A Total of 30 well-performing projects qualified for Deeper Study, out of which 8 were highly impactful and 8 were impactful projects.
  • State performed very well in 12 categories.
    1. Tops in Forest, Municipal Governance, Tourism and Urban Development categories nationally.
    2. Has shown maximum improvement in the Power & Energy and Police & Safety categories.
    3. Consistent in performance in Transport categories.
    4. Participating first time in the Revenue and Ease-of-doing business categories and entered in the top 10 nationally.
    5. Recovers in Health Category.
  • District Governance and Municipal Governance submit a larger number of projects for evaluation. Out of these, several well-performing projects are qualified as highly impactful and impactful projects.
  • Key achievements
    1. Maharashtra bags 30 SKOCH Orders-of-Merit in the SKOCH State of Governance Awards 2023.
    2. Almost half of these are in Municipal Governance and District Governance.
    3. Four SKOCH Orders-of-Merit are in the Transport category respectively.
    4. The state won two SKOCH Orders-of-Merit in Tourism, Agriculture and Urban Development categories each.
    5. The state won 16 awards – eight in GOLD and eight in the SILVER category.

Governance Score of Top 10 States 2023

  • Maharashtra ranks #4 in the SKOCH State of Governance Report 2023. The state improved its position from #7 in 2022 to #3 in 2023.

Comparison of States 2014-19 & 2020-23

Sector With Maximum Improvement

Municipal Governance12
Urban Development12
Power & Energy35
Police & Safety912
  • Maharashtra tops in Municipal Governance, Tourism, Urban Development and Forest categories nationally.
  • In Power & Energy, Maharashtra improves its rank from #5 to #3 in 2023.
  • In Police & Safety, the state improves from #12 to #9 in 2023.

Sectors with Consistent Good Governance

  • In the Transport category, Maharashtra maintains its rank #2.

Sectors with Comeback

  • Maharashtra makes a comeback and ranks in the top ten in Health category nationally

First Time Participants Getting National Rank

Ease of Doing Business8
  • Even though participating for the first time, some sectors of Maharashtra are ranked in the top ten positions.
  • Maharashtra ranks #2 in the Revenue category nationally.
  • In Ease of Doing Business, the state ranks #8 nationally.
  • Transport, Tourism, Revenue, Municipal Governance, Health, Agriculture and Ease-of-doing business are the sectors that have seen enhanced focus in 2023.
  • Maharashtra has shown a significant improvement in score and improved its rank to reach at #4 position in 2023.

What needs to be DONE in 2024?

  • 100+ well-performing projects required to become #1 in the SKOCH State of Governance Report 2024.
  • Alternatively, a higher number of Platinum and Gold performances can improve the ranking
  • Incremental improvements in previously evaluated/awarded projects can be submitted
  • Multiple projects from one department can be submitted.
  • Most states have a large number of projects at the District and Municipal levels.
  • Most states tend to retain or improve their annual ranks.
  • Police and Power & Energy tend to submit a larger number of projects.

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