National Human Development Report [India]

The National Human Development Report 2001, is an attempt to map the state of human development in India. While considering the state of human development, and in particular the economic, educational and health attainments, the report analyses the issue of governance for human development. A database at the national and state level, which includes indicators on economic attainment, educational attainment, health attainment and demography, amenities, governance and crime, is presented and analysed for two points of time since 1980. To facilitate monitoring, process indicators have been presented. The Human Development Index, the Gender Disparity Index and the Human Poverty Index have been calculated, modifying the UNDP methodology.

Title: National Human Development Report 2001

Year of Publication: 2002

Published by: Planning Commission, Government of India

No. of Pages: 297


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Facts on Democratic Governance

  • There are 240,000 elected Panchayat Institutions in the country, comprising 2.8 million representatives

  • Of these elected representatives, 1.03 million are women

  • The Indian Parliament enacted the Right to Information Act in 2005 giving citizens of India the right to demand disclosure of public records

  • The National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP), guaranteeing 100 days of mandated employment per year to every rural household, is implemented in all 604 districts of India

  • Legal Services Authority Act provides legal services to vulnerable groups in all states


State of Panchayat Report, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, November 2006; National Resource Centre for Women, Right to Information website, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act website