Assam ranks third in HDI progress rate



Guwahati: Assam ranks thirds in the rate of progress in Human Development Index (HDI) among all the major states in the country achieving 32.1 per cent progress for the period 1999-2008, an official release said here on Monday.

India Human Development Report 2011 brought out by the Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission, Government of India based on the data of 1999-2008 reflecting the three main components of human development vis-a-vis education, health and per-capita income, it said.

The report says that if Assam maintains the current rate of progress in HDI for another decade there is strong possibility that the overall human development will be ahead of the other states of the country.

The report further states that among the three components used for HDI parameter, Assam has shown the highest rate of progress in Income Index and third highest rate of progress in Health Index.

Assam was, however, lagging behind the national average in Education Index, it has shown marked improvement.

With a Hunger Index of 19.83 percent (as in 2008) and ranked fourth in so far as reducing hunger is concerned, Assam is 'doing better than the so-called developed States with high per capita income namely, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat', the report says .

PTI