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NGO, civil society can play important role in improving human index: HM

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today said non-government organisations (NGOs) and can play an important role in helping improve India's ranking on the (HDI).

Speaking at the HCL Grant 2018 event, Singh said needs to "dream of a new GDP" going ahead, where GDP stands for Gross Domestic Prosperity.

"We don't want to only be among the fastest growing economies but for it to become a super .. ranks third in terms of purchasing power globally... but on the HDI, India is 131st among 188 countries," Singh said.

He added that the gap between GDP and HDI rankings needs to be bridged by civil society, and the government working together.

"We should also pledge that by 2022, the new India that we dream of will have a new GDP -- not Gross Domestic Product but Gross Domestic Prosperity," he said.

Singh highlighted the important role played by in development of the country saying these organisations operate in the remotest parts of India, including LWE-affected regions where even the local administration finds it difficult to reach.

Singh said has directed focus on the development of 115 aspirational districts which are lowly ranked on the development index.

"For a stronger India, government, and India need to work in cooperation for the development agenda," he said.

HCL Foundation, a part of the HCL Group, today announced the three winners of HCL Grant 2018. The three winners -- (Health), (Environment) and - Sightsavers (Education) -- will get a grant of up to Rs 5 crore each.

The third edition of the HCL Grant received over 3,500 applications and after an eight-month long process, the three winners were selected, of Committee (HCL Technologies Board) Roshni Nadar Malhotra said.

"Out of the initial applicants, 49 were selected for field investigation; wherein, a team of experts went to the project locations and evaluated the work being done by these NGOs on ground," she said adding that based on the due diligence reports, 30 NGOs were identified leading to a final selection of the three.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 21:25 IST
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