Eastern States Like UP, Bihar, Rajasthan Keep India Backward: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant

| April 24 , 2018 , 11:02 IST

Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog giving an address at the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi on Monday claimed that states in India's eastern region, like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are keeping India backward, especially on social indicators.

"Eastern part of India particularly states like Bihar, UP, Chattisgarh, MP, and Rajasthan are keeping India backward especially on social indicators. While we have improved on ease of doing business, we have remained backward on human development index," Kant said at the first Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Memorial Lecture of the university.

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The NITI Aayog head, on the discussion of 'Challenges of Transforming India' said that India is still 131 out of 188 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) despite southern and western India doing well and growing speedily.

"And when the country's HDI has to improve and we have to focus on these social indicators. We are working on these things through Aspirational Districts Programme," Kant said.

"There must be a conscious effort to frame policies to give women opportunities," he said.

"Education and health are vital and in these two areas India is lagging behind. Our learning outcomes are poor - a class 5 student is not able to do class 2 subtractions. Class 5 student is not able to read his mother tongue. Infant mortality rates are very high. Unless we improve on these aspects, it will be difficult to grow in a consistent way," said Kant.