Human Development Index: Assam has improved over last 15 years, but inequality exists

The report, which put on record the overall level of human development in the state showed a steady improvement over the last 15 years.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: November 2, 2016 9:42 pm
Sonowal, Sarbananda Sonowal, assam, Human Development Index, Human Development Index assam, assam inequality, assam news, india news CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma release the report in Guwahati on Monday. (Source: PTI)

About one-third of Assam’s population is “multi-dimensionally poor”, while the overall human development in the state is just about half the desired level, the Assam Human Development Report 2014, released here by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, has said.

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The report, which put on record the overall level of human development in the state that showed a steady improvement over the last 15 years, also pointed out that the drivers of the human development achievements were found to differ greatly across districts.

The report put the Human Development Index (HDI) in Assam at 0.557, and said about one-third of the potential aggregate human development was lost due to inequalities underlying achievements in education, health and income dimensions.

“The loss due to inequality is the highest in the income dimension (about 44 per cent), followed by health (32 per cent) and education (9 per cent),” it said.

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Yet another finding of the report is that the overall human development of women in general was lower than men by 14 per cent. “The observed gender inequality in key dimensions of human development, that is, education, health and income, results in the loss of about 37 per cent of potential human development achievement in the state in general,” the report said.

This is the second HD Report of Assam. The first was released in 2003 and covered 40,000 households comprising over 1.9 lakh individuals.

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