Women, children's health forgotten in development: India (2)

13:50, September 23, 2010      

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The largest concentration of poor in the world continues to remain in India and South Asia.

The objective of India's socio-economic development programs is to "push for growth while at the same time ensuring that the fruits of growth reach out across our society, i.e. inclusive growth," said Krishna.

Currently one-third of all elected positions in local governments in India are reserved for women. The republic strives to raise this figure, Krishna pointed out.

India made notable progress on battling HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. The country has also made use of technology to bring benefits of development to the people, with a tele-density that increased from around 0.7 percent in 1991 to 37 percent in 2009.

Krishna also said that "the lack of progress on building a robust global partnership needs to be urgently addressed," and that the need to transfer technology and undertake capacity building in developing countries is urgent.

Source: Xinhua
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