The Numbers Story: Here is why the Gujarat model is not that healthy for everyone

Gujarat would probably get a C -- can do better -- on its Human Development Index report card.

Written by Leela Prasad | New Delhi | Updated: January 30, 2015 3:27 pm
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at an event. (IE photo) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at an event. (IE photo)

The State profile of Gujarat on the UNICEF website pays homage to Gujarat’s economy and growth model in the first line. But a few lines into the report one cannot miss reading that “Gujarat has more miles to cover in ensuring that the economic growth translates into improved human development.”

Leaders from across India’s political spectrum were quick to point out Gujarat’s average numbers in terms of human development.

A quick comparison between Gujarat and Karnataka, a state with almost the same population as Gujarat, tells us whether Gujarat has been faring poorly. We have used most of the UN’s Human Development Indicators for this study.



Gujarat fares poorly in terms of Infant Mortality Rate, Sex Ratio and Child Sex Ratio against Karnataka. But it makes up for this with better Literacy Rates (both male and female) and Maternal Mortality Rate.



Gujarat’s stock plummets when it comes to health infrastructure in the State. It faces a severe shortage of health centres and staff. Gujarat would probably get a C — can do better — on its Human Development Index report card.

Furthermore, according to the 2011 census, 90.6% of  households in Karnataka have electricity to Gujarat’s 90.4%.



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  1. A
    May 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    Analyse the education quality, GSDP, FDI inflow, purchasing power , wages for daily wage earners, Jobs created in last 10 years.. every other parameter it falls below the some other states....Yet the so called highly educated are dancing to the tune of corporate backed tune of PM aspirant and sangh parivar...
    1. S
      May 4, 2014 at 5:42 am
      We have experienced medical facilities at both ahmedabad and bangalore. And it is 20 times better, more affordable, better doctors at Ahmedabad as compared to bangalore.A typical dental treatment, knee joint or a hear surgery is attended at Ahmedabad with much more care than bangalore where doctors/ hospitals care only for your insurance money.
      1. Naresh Jain
        May 3, 2014 at 5:13 am
        Why not Modi explain these anomalies instead politicking in name of Gujrat Model of development.
        1. Navin Sharma
          May 3, 2014 at 12:12 pm
          So, if Gujarat gets a "C", which states get a "B" or an "A"? Surely not Karnataka - the delta in outcomes doesn't warrant a w grade better. Delhi where all women feel safe? No? So who gets an "A"?
          1. S
            May 3, 2014 at 3:04 am
            Stop it! You are you by the way?
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