Amitabh Kant said, "In India, the urbanisation process has just begun unlike Europe, US and China. If we are generating 71 million tonnes of waste every day, it will only increase unless we reduce waste and ensure segregation at source at household-level."
"By estimates of the labour ministry, this would amount to an increment of over 10 million people each year. As per the UN data on world population, the working age population - that is, those between the ages of 15 and 64 - will continue to expand until 2050," he says.
To address the shortage of doctors in the country, the Aayog has suggested creating conditions to facilitate import of doctors, especially those of Indian origin working abroad, and also deploying teachers from universities abroad as visiting professors at AIIMS or NIEs.
Amitabh Kant also pointed to Khap Panchayats of Haryana for not providing adequate opportunity for health, education and nutrition to women, which kept certain state districts as worst performers on aspirational scale.
Kant added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have set the direction for bilateral ties and now, it is up to the people and companies of both the nations to take it forward.
Speaking at the launch of the report in New Delhi, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said the Health Index has been evolved through comprehensive study and inputs from World Bank India and the Ministry of Health.