New Delhi, 13 February 2006: G. K. Vasan, Minister of State (independent charge), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, released the first Millennium Development Goals - India Country Report.
The First Country Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) captures India’s achievements, challenges and policies with reference to the goals and targets and reveals that there have been substantial improvements in the lives of people of the countries over the years.
The Minister stated that India was optimistic in attaining the MDG of eradication of extreme poverty by 2015 - ahead of schedule. He also stated that the target of providing drinking water had already been achieved. He maintained that the National Rural Health Mission and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan along with the construction of rural roads and provisions for sanitation would enable the country to meet the MDG within the stipulated period.
The target of providing drinking water has already been achieved.
The Millennium Declaration adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2000 reaffirmed its commitment to the right to development, peace, security and gender equality, to the eradication of many dimensions of poverty and to overall sustainable development.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are:
MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger;
MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education;
MDG 3: Promote gender equality and empower women;
MDG 4: Reduce child mortality;
MDG 5: Improve maternal health;
MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability; and
MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development.