India’s development path is paved with the provision of health care, education and basic infrastructure.
The pinnacle of economic development and policy making is the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is understandable that thinkers and strategists have been preoccupied with climbing the ladder of sustainable development.
Although there is still a long way to go, India is making good progress in realizing the ideal of sustainable development. We have made significant progress in providing basic infrastructure and health services.
India has been running the largest free Covid-19 vaccination program in the world for more than a year. Under this program, vaccine doses totaling more than 200 crore have been administered. At this historic point, 67% of Indians are fully immunized and 74% of Indians have had at least one vaccination.
Indian attempts to eradicate the disease on a large scale are also beginning to show results. By 2030, the Indian government wants to end malaria. Malaria will be eradicated in India by 2030 through initiatives such as Malaria No More, but broad private sector involvement will be essential. Monitoring and reporting of hidden malaria cases is fueled by private sector engagement in technological innovation. This would help in estimating the true disease burden in the country, as well as strong policy and processes to enforce malaria reporting by the private health sector in India.
The provision of basic infrastructure also enables human growth. The Jal Jeevan mission, which aims to provide clean water to all families in rural India by 2024 through individual household connections, can completely change the situation.
India has increased the number of tap-connected rural households by 35% since 2019. In India, tap water connections are currently present in over 51% of rural households. Access to clean tap water has proven to be revolutionary. In rural India, it has helped reduce the number of girls dropping out of school. The ease of life of adolescent girls, women and the elderly has increased significantly due to the availability of potable water at home.
Civil society has also taken steps, particularly after COVID-19, to play its part in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the average individual and promoting development. One such charity, the Smile Foundation, gave me the chance to observe their work up close. Through 56 initiatives that offer everything from mobile health care units to telemedicine and telecounselling for the underprivileged, the Foundation’s Health Cannot Wait for campaign helps more than 1.5 million people across the country each year. .
State subjects include health. Because of this, state governments now have a greater impact on efficiency and productivity. State governments have taken special measures to increase poor people’s access to food, health care and education. In Madhya Pradesh, the government has taken several steps to promote tribal welfare. Through the Mukhyamantri Awas Sahayata Yojana, Kanya Saksharta Protsaahan Yojana and Vimukt Jati Hostel Yojana, the state administration oversaw the implementation of social assistance programs aimed at providing accommodation, food and scholarships to tribal students, as well as providing them with the opportunity to learn, develop and become self-reliant.
Over 280,000 students in Madhya Pradesh have received scholarships, each providing a monthly stipend of INR 1,300 for boys and INR 1,340 for girls. Compared to 2003, this number has increased by more than 200%.
These are just a few examples of how India has promoted inclusiveness and sustainable development.
Way to go
The speed of achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals must be accelerated. Greater collaboration between government, Indian business and civil society is key to making this achievable. To create targeted, scalable treatments that successfully address developmental issues and solve social problems at the population level, these three stakeholders need to work together more closely than before.
There is no room for mistrust between the three parties involved as each has certain abilities to offer. The government adds scale due to its pan-Indian influence. Companies bring with them a commitment to rapid execution and rigorous preparation. Along the same lines, civil society groups provide extensive expertise in delivering initiatives on the ground. They have a special connection with the population and know the difficulties that arise when implementing development plans.
Our nation is incredibly large and diverse, with a wide range of geographies, climates and populations. This puts us in a unique position since the solutions we develop here are sustainable and scalable. The world now looks to India for its performance on several human development indicators. We give people reasons to be hopeful.
Therefore, we must achieve sustainable development as soon as possible. For example, nations are looking to India to provide affordable and effective technology solutions to promote equitable healthcare, financial inclusion, and access to education. They come to us for solutions and scalable methods to adopt. More than ever, India is making significant progress, benefiting the whole world as well as itself.
Edited by Prakriti Arora