Is Jammu and Kashmir underdeveloped as stated by Amit Shah? -Vignesh Radhakrishnan & Sumant Sen
Where does Jammu and Kashmir stand in comparison to other States in key indicators of growth and development
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has linked poor healthcare, poverty, lack of doctors and slow economic growth in Jammu and Kashmir to amendment to Article 370. However, a look at how the State, now bifurcated into Union Territories, compares with other States in key indicators suggests that these concerns are exaggerated.
Jammu and Kashmir ranked third out of 22 States in terms of life expectancy. The former State had an average life expectancy of 73.5 between 2012-16. Kerala had the highest life expectancy of 75.1, while Uttar Pradesh had the lowest (64.8). The national average was 68.7.
People served per government doctor
3,060 persons were served by one government doctor in J&K in 2018. Only six States have had lesser people served by one doctor. The best State was Delhi (2,203 people per government doctor) while the worst State was Bihar (28,391 persons served by one government doctor).
Rural unemployment rate
Jammu and Kashmir was placed 21st for rural unemployment rate in 2011-12. Out of every 1,000 people, 25 were unemployed in the rural areas of J&K. The best State was Gujarat (3 out of every 1000 people were unemployed) while Nagaland was the worst (151 were unemployed out of every 1000 people). The national average was 17.
In the following charts, each circle corresponds to a State with Jammu and Kashmir highlighted in red.
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