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India lagging behind other developing countries in achieving health goals, says Niti Aayog

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According to a recent paper prepared by Niti Aayog, India’s progress in health outcomes during the last two decades have been slower as compared to other developing countries with comparable income.

The paper titled ‘Health Systems in India: Bridging the Gap between Current Performance and Potential,’ also highlights the crucial loopholes in India’s healthcare system. Achievements under various health indicators during last two decades of India and other countries like China, Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam were compared. In most of the parameters, India stood at the bottom of the table as compared to other countries.

As reported by TOI, the paper stated, “Despite impressive gains in per capita income, India’s Human Development Index rank has stagnated since 2008, having risen by only 1 unit. In comparison to Nepal, which has risen by 4 units and Bangladesh which have risen by 2 units.”

It also says that countries like China and Bangladesh have fared much better compared to India in terms of dealing with infectious diseases like tuberculosis and measles. In India, mortality due to tuberculosis has come down by 43.6% from 2000 to 2012, whereas in China deaths from the disease, during the same period, has dropped by 63.1%. In fact, India is also dealing with increasing problems of drug resistant tuberculosis.

India’s progress in reducing IMR and MMR has also been much lower than that of countries like Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh, and others, which are at a similar stage of development and have comparable incomes, the paper said.

There is also a huge difference between the health outcomes of the states.

“States like Tamil Nadu have extremely strong health systems founded in primary care and public health. The challenge is to replicate such successes all over the country,” the paper stated.

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Big reforms made India fastest growing major economies globally: Garg

It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries

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The RBI building in Mumbai. Photo credit: AFP/Sajjad Hussain

The major reforms undertaken by the Indian government for raising economic growth and maintaining macroeconomic stability have made the country one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, said Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).

Garg was addressing the Special Event hosted by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum on ‘Indian Economy: Prospect and Challenges’ in Washington D.C on Friday.

Indian economy needs big reform.

He said the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) represented an “historic economic and political achievement, unprecedented in Indian tax and economic reforms, which has rekindled optimism on structural reforms.” He further emphasized that India carried-out such major reforms when the global economy was slow.

“With the cyclical recovery in global growth amid supportive monetary conditions and the transient impact of the major structural reforms over, India will continue to perform robustly,” Garg said.

During his meetings, Garg highlighted that the digital age technologies have profound implications for policies concerning every aspects of the economy. It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries.

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He expressed that the response to such a transformation will have to shift from ‘catch up’ growth to adoption/adaption of digital technologies for development and growth.

Garg also informed that India has started adopting policies and programmes for transforming systems of delivery of services using digital technologies and connecting every Indian with digital technologies and access through Aadhaar and other such means.

Indian economy should be on rise. www.mapsofindia.com

While citing the example of expanding mobile data access, he mentioned that India is now the largest consumer of mobile data in the world with 11 gigabytes mobile data consumption per month. He informed that India is investing in digital technologies, encouraging private sector to adapt these technologies and also addressing the taxation related issues by introducing equalisation levy.

Garg is currently on an official tour to Washington D.C. to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and other associated meetings. He is accompanied by Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and other senior officials. IANS

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