Where We Stand Essay

778 Words Oct 21st, 2013 4 Pages
“Growth must not be treated as an end in itself, but as an instrument of spreading prosperity to all”
Global Hunger Index, 2012
India was ranked 65th Pakistan at 57th and Sri Lanka at 37th position, total out of 79 countries. Whereas there are 15 countries that have managed to reduce it by 50 percent or more.
1. Mid Day Meal - 11,937 crore rupees
2. Food Subsidy - 60, 573 crore rupees
3. ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) - 15,850 crore rupees
4. MNREGA - 33,000 crore rupees
In India 36 percent of women are underweight during their child bearing age and 43.5 percent of the children under age of 5 were underweight.
Now if we turn to the recently developed UNDP multidimensional poverty index (MPI), which more accurately
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Whereas average public spending of less-developed countries is 2.8 per cent of GDP. Only 17 per cent of all health expenditure in India is borne by the government, the rest being borne privately by the people, making it one of the most highly privatized healthcare systems of the world
The comparison of health expenditure with other countries suggests that India’s public health expenditure is only 17.9 per cent of total expenditure on health care while it is close to 90 per cent for smaller countries like Bhutan and Maldives.
Quality of death index
It is new study on the provision of end of life care, takes a look at the quality of life and care made available to the old and dying in developed and emerging economies of 40 countries.
In a scale of ten, the US was at 6.2 while India has 1.9. Even countries like south Africa which had got independence after India has an index that is double that of India’s .
Quality of water
According to the United Nations (UN), one lakh people die each year of waterborne diseases in India. A planning commission report adds that out of over 600 district, one third (203) have high fluoride content in drinking water that causes flourisis among 6.5 crore people. 35 districts have high arsenic content that results in 50 lakh people suffering from poisoning, 206 districts have high iron content and 109 districts have high…

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