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Govt. to bring out second development report

By Our Special Correspondent

HUBLI, JULY 3. The State Government plans to bring out the Karnataka Human Development Report II (KHDR II) in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this year.

The KHDR I was brought out five years ago. Official sources said the focus of the report would be on investment in human development.

The KHDR I is a status report which provides a database covering a wide range of human development issues with a focus on women and children. The highlight of the report is the computation of district-level estimates of poverty.

The KHDR I stated that Karnataka should come out of the mould of being an average performing State, reduce gender inequalities and concentrate on greater government investment in social sectors with a focus on addressing inter-district disparities.

It noted that the health indicators in Karnataka had improved considerably, while public health facilities were unevenly spread. Though there had been a spectacular growth in the school network, there was inadequate infrastructure support. But the report lacks data on literacy rates and life expectancy, which are crucial for computation of human development index.

The KHDR II, which wants to focus on the investment in human resources, desires to develop baseline data on the status of human development in relation to public investment in the State and districts, to provide a comprehensive analysis of human development goals and outcomes, especially for the most vulnerable members of society, the role of panchayat raj institutions and the impact of the collective action mobilised by non-governmental organisations through self-help groups and other social resource management groups.

It is expected to give its recommendations on how the State can mobilise resources for human development, to utilise the existing resources efficiently, and ensure that people are the centre of the development process.

While updating the database of KHDR I, the number of task forces and commissions set up to suggest new policy directions in various sectors will be taken into consideration. The recommendations of the High Powered Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalance (2002), the Administrative Reforms Commission Report (2001), the Tax Reform Commission Report (2001), and the reports of the task forces on Education and Health will also be taken into consideration.

The KHDR II will be an in house effort to be undertaken by the Department of Planning and Statistics of the State Government. As part of work on KHDR II, two regional workshops will be held in north Karnataka and south Karnataka. The workshop in north Karnataka will be held in Dharwad by month end under the aegis of the Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research.

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