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The State of the State study for Gu­jarat was done in nine cat­e­gories—in­come, ed­u­ca­tion, gen­der equal­ity for ed­u­ca­tion, health, law and or­der, roads, ur­ban­i­sa­tion, agri­cul­ture and over­all. In each cat­e­gory, there were two seg­ments—best per­form­ing at a par­tic­u­lar point of time and most im­proved over a pe­riod of time. Data on GDP and com­po­si­tion of GDP was taken from the Cen­sus and Eco­nomic In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, which in turn ob­tains it from the Union sta­tis­tics and pro­gramme im­ple­men­ta­tion min­istry’s web­site. Data avail­able only till 2013-14. As­sem­bling district-level data, es­pe­cially for GSDP, is a chal­lenge. It was col­lected by Oxus, an agency run by Dr Sur­jit Bhalla, from well-known sources, such as the Na­tional Sam­ple Sur­vey, Cen­sus, and stan­dard­ised for com­par­i­son. The rank­ings were done us­ing the Borda method, in which vot­ers rank op­tions or can­di­dates in or­der of pref­er­ence. The most re­cent year was used to rank the best district. The dif­fer­ence be­tween the most re­cent cat­e­gory and past value (1999-2000) was used to rank the most im­proved district.

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