State of Governance 2023 Report Card

Odisha is #1 in SKOCH State of Governance 2023

Odisha becomes #1 nationally in the SKOCH State of Governance Report 2023.


  • Odisha becomes #1 nationally in the SKOCH State of Governance Report 2023.
  • A Total of 112 well-performing projects qualified for Deeper Study, out of which 12 were highly impactful and 23 were impactful projects.
  • State performed very well in 23 categories.
    1. Tops in Disaster Management, Education, Infrastructure, Water, Minority Affairs, Geology & Mining, and Sports & Youth categories nationally.
    2. Has shown maximum improvement in District Governance, e-Governance, Municipal Governance, Health, Skill Development and Police & Safety.
    3. Consistent in performance in Tourism categories.
    4. Participating first time in the Culture, Cooperation, Environment and Rural Development categories and entered in the top 10 nationally.
    5. Recovers in Ease-of-doing business, Women & Child Development, Transport, Forest and Finance Categories.
  • District Governance and Women & Child Development 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. Odisha bags 112 SKOCH Orders-of-Merit in the SKOCH State of Governance Awards 2023.
    2. Almost half of these are in WCD and District Governance. 
    3. Three SKOCH Orders-of-Merit are in the Skill Development, Police & Safety and Transport categories respectively. 
    4. The state won two SKOCH Orders-of-Merit in Forest, Cooperation, Minority Affairs and Social Justice & Security each.
    5. The state won 35 awards – one in PLATINUM, eleven in GOLD and twenty-three in the SILVER category.

Governance Score of Top 10 States 2023

Comparison of States 2014-19 & 2020-23

Sector With Maximum Improvement

Geology & Mining12
District Governance24
Municipal Governance27
Skill Development36
Police & Safety710
  • Odisha tops in Education, Geology & Mining categories nationally.
  • In District Governance & e-Governance, Odisha improves its rank from #4 to #2 in 2023.
  • Odisha ranked #3 in Health and Skill development.
  • In Police & Safety, the state improves from #10 to #7 in 2023.

Sectors with Consistent Good Governance

  • Odisha tops in Water categories nationally.
  • In tourism, the state maintains its rank #2.

Sectors with Comeback

Disaster Management1
Sports & Youth1
Social Justice & Security2
Women & Child Development2
Ease of Doing Business6
  • Odisha makes a comeback and tops in Disaster Management, Sports & Youth and Infrastructure categories nationally.
  • Odisha ranks #2 in Social Justice & Security and Women & Child Development in 2023 nationally.
  • The state is in the Top Five in Transport, Forest and Finance categories.
  • In Ease-of-doing business, state ranks #6 in 2023.

First Time Participants Getting National Rank

Minority Affairs1
Rural Development6
  • Even though participating for the first time, some sectors of Odisha are ranked in the top positions.
  • Odisha tops in Minority Affairs nationally.
  • The state is in the top 5 in the culture, cooperation and environment categories.
  • In Rural Development, state ranks #6 nationally.
  • District Governance, Environment, Minority Affairs, Rural Development, Culture, Cooperation and Women & Child Development are the sectors that have seen enhanced focus in 2023.
  • Odisha has shown a significant improvement in score and improved its rank to reach at the top position in 2023.

What needs to be DONE in 2024?

  • 150+ projects required to retain to #1 state.
  • Alternatively a higher number of Platinum and Gold performance 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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