Child Development In India 2014-15

Child development index is one of the key indicator which shows the condition of children in any give state. This report was prepared by Reetika Khera who is a development economist and teaches at IIT-Delhi & Jean Dreze is a development economist and visiting professor at the Department of Economics at Ranchi University and published by NDTV.

They used the data of National Family Health Survey & Rapid Survey On Children 2013-14. Key indicators that were used to prepare Child Development index were:
proportion of children fully immunised
female literacy in the age group of 10-14 years
proportion of births preceded by an ante-natal checkup
and proportion of children who are not underweight

Based on these indicators and available data, here is the report of Child Development in India and which are top 10 States.

Child Development In India 2014-15: Top 10 States

India’s average Child Development Index is 0.530
CDI: Child Development Index.

1. Kerala
CDI: 0.958
Rank in 2005-06: 1

2. Himachal Pradesh
CDI: 0.866
Rank in 2005-06: 3

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3. Tamil Nadu
CDI: 0.863
Rank in 2005-06: 2

4. Punjab
CDI: 0.789
Rank in 2005-06: 4

5. Maharashtra
CDI: 0.769
Rank in 2005-06: 5

6. Andhra Pradesh
CDI: 0.762
Rank in 2005-06: 10

7. Karnataka
CDI: 0.759
Rank in 2005-06: 9

8. West Bengal
CDI: 0.722
Rank in 2005-06: 8

9. Uttarakhand
CDI: 0.646
Rank in 2005-06: 11

10. Haryana
CDI: 0.627
Rank in 2005-06: 6

11. Chhatisgarh
CDI: 0.616
Rank in 2005-06: 13

12. Assam
CDI: 0.553
Rank in 2005-06: 15

13. Odisha
CDI: 0.525
Rank in 2005-06: 12

14. Jammu Kashmir
CDI: 0.507
Rank in 2005-06: 7

15. Gujarat
CDI: 0.484
Rank in 2005-06: 14

16. Rajasthan
CDI: 0.394
Rank in 2005-06: 16

17. Jharkhand
CDI: 0.354
Rank in 2005-06: 19

18. Madhya Pradesh
CDI: 0.333
Rank in 2005-06: 17

19. Bihar
CDI: 0.296
Rank in 2005-06: 20

20. Uttar Pradesh
CDI: 0.144
Rank in 2005-06: 18

Above data shows that we are lacking in preventing children’s degrading health and condition. Policy needs to be changed and that too very soon, economical development is only one part of Country’s development. In achieving that we should forget about Child Development in India.