India`s march for Millennium Development Goals uneven: Report
New Delhi: India cannot adopt a "one size fits all" approach to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and the progress made after two-thirds of the time-lapse has been mixed, says the latest report of a UN agency.
Following are the key findings on India in an assessment report prepared by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with just five years left for the finishing line for the eight globally-agreed Millennium Development Goals:
The report said about 1.5 million children continue to die every year before completing a year after their birth. The infant mortality rate considerably improved over the past three decades, declining from 80 per thousand live births in 1990 to 53 in 2008.
India is required to reduce its infant mortality rate to 26.7 per thousand live births by 2015 as per the goals set for the country. "But it is expected to achieve a level of about 46 by 2015, far short of the target."