Why does poor West Bengal have healthier children than rich Gujarat? -Shoaib Daniyal

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published Published on Jan 10, 2021   modified Modified on Jan 10, 2021


Quality of life seems to have more do with social factors in India than economic growth.

In 2008, frustrated by the agitation against forcible land acquisition, Tata Motors announced it would exit West Bengal. The company chose to move its Nano car plant to Gujarat. The then chief minister Modi claimed that he made Tata’s entry hassle free, inviting Ratan Tata with an SMS.

The incident underlined the gap between Bengal and Gujarat. Both states lie at the two ends of India’s industrialisation scale. As a result, Gujarat has a per capita net domestic product nearly twice that of Bengal.

Paradoxically, however, this great industrial wealth translates quite poorly into human development. The latest confirmation of this comes from the newly released National Family Health Survey data which shows that Bengali children are significantly healthier than their Gujarati counterparts.

The NFHS covers more than 4 lakh households and offers the most comprehensive picture of India’s health statistics.

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