INDIA: Still plenty of polish needed to shine

“It is quite ironic that the Indian economy has been rated as one of the fastest growing in the world but over 400 million people still live below the poverty line. The problems are further compounded by a low literacy rate and lack of adequate health facilities and services. In India, only 66 percent of people are literate. Despite various incentives, half of India’s schools still have leaking roofs and have inadequate or no water supply.

Some 35 percent schools don’t have infrastructure such as blackboards and furniture. And close to 90 percent have no functional toilets. The health of India is in an equally abysmal shape. This is reflected in persistent malnourishment of children, very slow reduction in infant mortality and maternal mortality. India currently allocates less than one percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) to health.”

Source: Meri News

Full story: http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=129956

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