India climbed one place to rank at 130 among the 189 countries in the latest human development index released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Friday.
India's human development index (HDI) value within South Asia is above the average of 0.638 for the region, with Bangladesh and Pakistan, countries with a similar population size, being ranked 136 and 150, respectively. In 2016, India's HDI value of 0.624 put it at the 131st
At 0.640, India's HDI value for 2017 puts the country in the medium human development category, according to the Human Development Report (HDR) of the UNDP.
Between 1990 and 2017, India's HDI value increased from 0.427 to 0.640, an increase of nearly 50% and an indicator of the country's remarkable achievement in lifting millions of people out of poverty, the report said.
Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, and Germany led the ranking, while Niger, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Chad, and Burundi had the lowest scores in the HDI's measurement of national achievements in health, education, and income.
-With inputs from Agencies