NITI Aayog released the second edition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index, which comprehensively documents the progress made by the country's states and union territories towards achieving the 2030 SDG targets. Speaking at the launch, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog said, "NITI Aayog has committed itself to building capacities and monitoring progress at the state level. Close coordination with the states over the next five years will further accelerate SDG localisation and ensure greater improvement." India's composite score has improved from 57 in 2018 to 60 in 2019, thereby showing noticeable progress. The maximum gains were made in Goals 6 (clean water and sanitation), 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure) and 7 (affordable and clean energy). Kerala achieved the first rank in the composite SDG Index with a score of 70, followed by Himachal Pradesh at 69. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu ranked in the third position with a score of 67. The states of Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Sikkim showed significant improvement in rankings. India's National Development Agenda is mirrored in the SDGs. The SDG India Index2019 is available on an online dashboard, which has cross-sectoral relevance across policy, civil society, business and academia.