India ranks 134 in Human Development Index
New Delhi, Mar 11 : The latest Human Development Index (HDI) 2011 prepared by the UNDP ranks India at 134 out of 187 countries and its HDI is shown as 0.547 which is an improvement of 5.39pc (HDI was 0.519 in 2010 HDI part). "The health aspects are reflected in life expectancy at birth which is shown as 65.4 year in HDI 2011 against 64.4 year in HDI 2010," said Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury in a written reply in Lok Sabha. High IMR and Under 5 MR are the major factors in lowering Life Expectancy at Birth. MMR also needs improvement, he said.
A target of 25/1000 for IMR and 100/100,000 live births for MMR has been prescribed by the 12 Five Year plan document for the end of 2017, said the minister.--IBNS