Haryana slips from 7th to 9th slot in human development index

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 00:31 IST

Haryana slipped two places down to the ninth spot in 2007-08 terms of human development index (HDI) as compared to its seventh position in 1999-2000.

This was stated in the white paper on state finances released by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday. “Though Haryana’s HDI value improved from 0.501 (1999-2000) to 0.552 (2007-08), the other states performed better during this period. Neighbouring Punjab’s HDI value improved from 0.543 (1999-2000) to 0.605 (2007-08) and it held on to its fifth position in 2007-08. Himachal Pradesh was a shade higher, improving its HDI position from fourth in 1999-2000 to third in 2007-08.

The paper said that broadly Haryana’s position indicates that state’s expenditure and governance focus needs to be adjusted so as to consistently and rapidly improve its HDI value and its position in the national ranking. This trend contrasts against our ranking in GSDP and PCI, it said.

The human development report (HDR) published annually by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) covers 187 countries across the world and estimates the HDI in terms of three basic capabilities -- to live a long and healthy life, to be educated and knowledgeable, and to enjoy a decent economic standard of living.

According to HDR 2014, India with an HDI of 0.586 in 2013 is positioned at a global ranking of 135 out of 187 countries, a ranking it had in 2013 HDR 2013. The Planning Commission published the first National Human Development (NHRD) in 2002.The second report, the National Human Development Report (NHDR) 2011 provided the progress for 1999- 2000 and 2007-08.

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