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India not on track to meet MDGs

Days ahead of the PM’s participation in a global meet on Millennium Development Goals in New York, the UN said India was not on track to achieve five out of the eight goals, reports HT Correspondent.

delhi Updated: Sep 11, 2008 00:59 IST
HT Correspondent

Days ahead of the Prime Minister’s participation in a global meet on Millennium Development Goals in New York, the UN on Wednesday said India was not on track to achieve five out of the eight goals.

UN resident coordinator Maxime Olson said rising fuel and food has pushed more people into the poverty net. “In India, the number of people living in extreme poverty rose by 20 million during 1990 and 2005.”

The UN poverty figures are based on World Bank’s revised poverty definition of $1.25 a day.

Because of this, Olson said, India is not on track to achieve MDGs for hunger, infant mortality and maternal mortality rate, reducing number of HIV positive cases and controlling malaria and providing adequate sanitation.

However, India is on track to meet the goals on poverty reduction, universalisation of primary education, gender parity in education and on sustainable environment.