Amitabh Kant said that the country will not be able to realise higher growth unless mortality rates are down and one in three children are stunted.
The country needs to improve its human development index (HDI), in order to achieve a double digit growth rate of around 10 per cent, said Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
"We are growing at around 7.5 per cent and if our ambition is to grow at high rates like 10 per cent over a three-decade period, (then) it is not possible to do this if we don’t improve the HDI for India," Kant was quoted as saying by PTI, at an event by child-rights organisation Plan India in Delhi last Friday.
The infant-mortality and maternal-mortality rates are at very high rates. Kant said that the country will not be able to realise higher growth unless mortality rates are down and one in three children are stunted.
In the 2016 UN Human Development Report, India had slipped one place to rank 131st among 188 countries in the HDI.
He highlighted the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in bringing this transformation, as there were around 200 backward districts in India and it was difficult for the government to reach all of them.
Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi was also present on the ocassion. She said since India is a multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual society, and there is a need for involvement of all stakeholders to make a campaign success.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), recently, projected a growth rate of 7.3 per cent in 2018 and 7.5 per cent in 2019 for India as against 6.7 percent in 2017, making it the fastest growing country among major economies.
Source: PTI, media reports