Karnataka, Manipur and Chandigarh have topped in their respective categories in the third edition of NITI Aayog’s India Innovation Index 2021.

While Karnataka has topped again in the ‘Major States’ category, with Telangana, Haryana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in the top five, Manipur is leading the ‘North East and Hill States’ category. Chandigarh is the top performer in the ‘Union Territories and City States’ category.

Karnata was also the top recipient state in terms of FDI, with 38% of the total FDI equity inflow, followed by Maharashtra (26%) and Delhi (14%).

The index was released today by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Suman Bery in the presence of Member Dr VK Saraswat, CEO Parameswaran Iyer and Senior Adviser Neeraj Sinha, and Institute for Competitiveness Chairman Dr Amit Kapoor.

The India Innovation Index, prepared by NITI Aayog and the Institute for Competitiveness, is a comprehensive tool for the evaluation and development of the country’s innovation ecosystem. It ranks the states and the union territories on their innovation performance to build healthy competition amongst them. The Covid-19 pandemic drew importance on the need for crisis-driven innovation across all sectors.

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