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Monday, February 15, 2016

Frustrated not with India, but governance of India: Amartya Sen


Nobel laureate Amartya Sen says he is not frustrated with India but governance of India
 In an interview to The Times of India he calls for greater government focus on healthcare
 education and social safety net to make growth more robust. Excerpts:


How do you see the state of development in India?


I have a certain view of Indian development, more importantly its deficiencies and the deficiencies
ied by the present government. On top of that, they have other problems like issues about



Basically, the average Indian either hasn't got any elementary education or certainly not good
quality education and in healthcare, similarly we are in total chaos. The patients do not know
 what they are spending on. They are very easy to exploit if you don't have a good public service
. We have been in that state of denial even in the previous government. Often I am thought that
 I supported the UPA. I criticised them. They didn't do very much and of course now they have
 cut the allocation for school meals, for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and of course for healthcare
, they have done nothing. So, I am pessimistic.


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