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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Development Index: Bihar Almost Same To Somalia, Goa To Indonesia


By SUNIL Sonkar

New Delhi, July 27 — Development of Kerala and Goa are similar to Indonesia and that of Jharkhand and Bihar, it is similar to Democratic Republic of Congo. It is revealed from a recent data released of comparison of state-level and country-level multi-dimensional poverty index. Indonesia is termed as ‘middle-income country’ and Democratic Republic of Congo falls in ‘least-developed countries’.

The multi-dimentional poverty index was released by the UK-based Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) earlier this month. This new measure gives a broader understanding apart from income poverty. It measures education, health, standard of living and other factors in the list of ten.

The research says that experiences within India, comparing various Indian states, may range from Indonesia to desperately poor Somalia.

The report says that norhth-eastern states as a whole is same as the development of Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas before the earthquake struck. West Bengal’s development is at the same level of the development of the sub-Saharan Ivory Coast. Orissa is compared with Chad and Rajasthan with Tanzania and Mauritania.

Somalia is slightly worse than Bihar where 300,000 people died in a famine in the early 1990s.

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