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South India doing well on UN goals

world Updated: Jul 30, 2009 00:08 IST
Kumkum Chadha
Kumkum Chadha
Hindustan Times
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The southern states of India will achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) well before the 2015 deadline. In contrast, the northern states will not only fail in their targets but go well beyond the 2015 deadline.

The Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand will take an additional ten years to meet the MDG targets: not till 2025. On the other hand, Kerala has already achieved the set targets: seven years before the deadline. Well on track are Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka which will meet the targets latest by 2012: three years ahead of time.

At the Millennium Summit in 2000, 189 UN member states had agreed to help the world’s poorest countries by 2015. Eight MDGs were incorporated in the framework. These, among others, were reducing by half the number of people living on one US dollar per day; reduce mortality rate among under 5 kids and maternal mortality ratio by three quarters. In its country presentation, at the United Nations regional conference on reproductive health services, India made no mention of its dismal ground reality. With northern states contributing to major share of the population, its failures will eclipse the south success.