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India fares poorly in human development index.

INDIA remains stuck at the lowly 135th rank on the Human Development Index ( HDI) compiled by the United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP) for 2103, which reflects that there has been very little change in the living standard of the masses.

The UNDP report released on Thursday shows India's HDI value for 2013 at 0.586 -- which falls in the medium human development category -- positioning the country at 135 out of 187 countries. Between 1980 and 2013, India's HDI value increased from 0.369 to 0.586, according to the UNDP report.

Ironically none of the BRICS -- an association of five major emerging national economies namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- countries were in the high human development category and India remained at the bottom with lowest HDI value among them.

The report also ranked India as the lowest performing country among the BRICS nations in all categories of the HDI with the exception of life expectancy, which is lower in South Africa as a result of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic.

Among the BRICS countries, Russia, Brazil and China are in the high HDI category. Russia secured the highest rank at 57, followed by Brazil at 79 and China at 91.

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
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Date:Jul 25, 2014
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