The India Human Development Report 2011 has patted Kerala for achieving the highest literacy rate, providing quality health services and on the subject of consumption expenditure of people. Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Goa have secured second, third and fourth positions respectively in these subjects, according to the report prepared by the Institute of Applied Manpower Research, a body of the Planning Commission.
The Human Development Index (HDI) in the country rose by 21 per cent, the report, which was released here on Friday, said while cautioning that health, nutrition and sanitation remained key challenges for India. At present, two-thirds of the households in the country reside in pucca (cemented) houses and three-fourth of families had access to electricity for domestic use. India’s HDI registered impressive gains in the last decade as the index increased by 21 per cent to 0.467 in 2007-08, from 0.387 in 1999-2000.
But, the report said, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Assam continued to lag behind in HDI and remain below the national average of 0.467.
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