According to a United Nations report – “India and the MDGs – Towards a Sustainable Future for All”, India is set to cut poverty by half by the end of 2015, as compared to 2000 figures, but still it needs to do more to improve education and empower women.
In 2000, India along with 189 member countries of the United Nations set an ambitious agenda known as ‘the Millennium Development Goals‘ or MDG. Aim of MDG was to free millions of people from poverty and hunger by the end of 2015, and to improve access to health and education.
According to the report, though India has made “notable progress” toward reaching the goals, its success at some goals “varies”.
The U.N. report has special importance as it comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government has cut social-sector spending by about 30% and proposed limiting the provision of subsidized foodgrains to 47% of the population from the current 60%.