Is economic progress itself an indicator of overall growth? Not quite.
Going by the Social Progress Index, a tool that captures the social progress of the regions based on social performance, Kerala’s social progress score is about 10 points higher than Gujarat’s despite the latter’s economy being about twice the size of the southern state.
In fact, Kerala is the only state in top 5 on all three component indices and its social progress score is about 10 points higher than Gujarat’s.
This shows that economic growth alone cannot deliver good quality of life.
Here is a look at how India’s making social progress and how the states fared on three dimensions that make up their social progress index score.
The colours indicate the position of the state in the overall index as shown on the map
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> India News / TNN / November 29th, 2017