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India, third-largest Asian economy, ranks 131 on Human Development Index: UN Report

India Has Been Placed A Low 131 Among The 188 Countries Surveyed For Human Development, A New UN Report Has Said

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 22 Mar 2017, 05:33:10 PM
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New Delhi:

India has been placed a low 131 among the 188 countries surveyed for human development, a new UN report has said, bracketing the third-largest Asian economy alongside its South Asian neighbours like Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal. 

India has made no improvement in its ranking over the previous year, despite the Human Development Report for 2015 noting that foreign direct investment favours countries such as China and India.  India's Human Development Index rank in 2014 was also 131. 

However, 63 per cent Indians were "satisfied" with their standard of living in 2014-15, the latest report found. 

The report, released annually by the UN Development Programme, said India's rank of 131 puts it in the "medium human development" bracket, which also includes nations like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Kenya, Myanmar and Nepal. 

Its life expectancy at birth stood at 68.3 years in 2015 and the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita $5,663, the report said. 

On the perception of feeling safe 69 per cent answered "yes", while on freedom of choice, 72 per cent female responders answered they were "satisfied" as compared to 78 per cent for male. 

India's score for overall life satisfaction was 4.3 on a scale of 1-10, according to the report. 

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First Published : 22 Mar 2017, 05:28:00 PM