It could undoubtedly be endorsed that the Human Development Index has spiraled up in a decade, but its pace is not encouraging. The report based on literacy rate, health care and people’s purchasing power is not much satisfactory because about 19 percent of children of 6-17age group don’t have access to school, when Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is in full swing. Despite this educational programme, India is tagged with the most illiterate country which narrates the slipshodness of our policy makers. On nutritional count the scene is more dismal. The 50 percent children of 3 years of age group are said to be malnourished. Even African countries, stuck in the quagmire of poverty, are better than India in this regard. The worrying fact is that the poor earlier use to have more nutritious diet, but surging prices are now landing them in malnourishment. It is obvious that the UPA government has badly failed to curb price hike, but whenever the question arises regarding the rising inflation, the Centre either gives false assurances or throws up its hand saying it has no magic wand to control skyrocketing prices. The moot point is, do the countries with good Human Development Index have magic wand? No, they do have only political will-power.

The ministers and mandarins do lack political will-power, which could be buttressed by the fact that out of 6 lakh villages, only 25000 villages have been given the status of Nirmal Gram. Health service, which is a prime indicator of Human Development Index, is in complete disarray. Despite tall claims there is no improvement in health care system. More than 60 percent populations are deprived of proper toilet facilities in many states. The Human Development Index report explains that three fourth families in the country are having electricity, but the way target of power production is missing leading the country under power crisis. If India is trailing behind on the front of health, nutrition, education and hygiene, then the report of Human Development Index poses a matter of concern.