Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, and Puducherry topped the charts in the child well-being index, a tool designed to measure and tracks children’s well-being comprehensively. According to the Index, Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh featured at the bottom
The report was released by the non-government organisation World Vision India and research institute IFMR LEAD.
“The India child well-being index is a crucial report that can be mined both by the Government and civil organisations to achieve the goal of child well-being and we will use this report effectively. This report provides insights on health, nutrition, education, sanitation and child protection,” said Amitabh Kant, CEO-Niti Ayog
The index has three dimensions include, healthy individual development, positive relationships and protective contexts.
“Focusing on the three key dimensions, 24 indicators were selected to develop the computation of the child well-being index. The report highlights the multi-dimensional approach towards measuring child well-being — going beyond mere income poverty. Children have the potential to transform the country, but if neglected, they will exacerbate the burden of poverty and inequality,” added Cherian Thomas, CEO, World Vision India.
The report is a wake-up call for States to look at their scores in every dimension and to prepare priority areas of intervention with specific plans of action.