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Recent statistics in MCH in relation to MDGs

Despite some movement in primary education, assured rural employment and access to potable water, India continues to lag behind in realising the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015 by the United Nations, says a new report. Since the inception of the ambitious 10th Five Year Plan in 2003, current rates of progress on many indicators are not sufficient to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Recent statistics in MCH in relation to MDGs
Shri G. K. Vasan, Minister of State (independent charge), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, released the first Millennium Development Goals – India Country Report for the year 2005 on 13th February 2006 in a simple function at Delhi.

The Minister stated that India was optimistic in attaining the MDG of eradication of extreme poverty by 2015 – ahead of schedule. He also stated that the target of providing drinking water had already been achieved. He maintained that the National Rural Health Mission and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan along with the construction of rural roads and provisions for sanitation would enable the country to meet the MDG within the stipulated period.

An article in India Today, states ‘No doubt India, like other countries, is reeling under spiralling food and fuel prices, which have set the clock back on tackling hunger and malnutrition issues, but what pulls down its status is the ineffectiveness of programmes like the Public Distribution System and the Mid–Day Meal Scheme that need an urgent revamp. Food security is not the only parameter on which India ranks low. Its track record is as unflattering in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the UN, notably reduction of poverty, bridging the gender gap and improvement in healthcare’.

Recent statistics in MCH in relation to MDGs
In 2008, some 8.8 million children born alive across the world died before their fifth birthday. Most of these children lived in developing countries, dying from a disease or a combination of diseases that could easily have been prevented or treated. Though, India has started making the transition from third world status.

India is at a crucial turning point with a few successes and some failures. Persistent inequalities, futile delivery of public services, weak accountability schemes and gaps in the execution of pro–poor policies are the major bottlenecks to progress said experts meeting in Delhi to suggest solutions to hasten progress on the MDGs. Greater devolution of power to local governments in rural areas, streamlining of funds flow, and use of information technology to reach the unreached and stop leakages were among the key suggestions.
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