The ‘India Child Well-being Report’ has shown impressive performance by several Northeastern States towards developing positive relationships for children. The report, a collaborative effort of World Vision India and IFMR LEAD, was released in full yesterday. According to the report, Nagaland topped in the category of developing positive relationships for children with a score of 0.84. This was followed by Arunachal Pradesh with a score of 0.80, and Meghalaya with a score of 0.77. Assam came in fourth with a score of 0.76, while Manipur occupied the sixth spot with a score of 0.76.
The Northeastern states also had a better sex ratio, lesser involvement of children in crimes and most births being registered. In Nagaland specifically, the involvement of children in crimes were low, more births were registered and suicides among children were low. However, Sikkim was at the bottom of the last quartile, owing to its higher number of crimes by juveniles and suicides among children.
The ‘India Child Well-Being Index’ is almost entirely based on government data. As part of the data review and collation, a large amount of information was gathered especially at the State level. The data for the composite index at the national level as well as the three dimensions of well-being was presented to provide a snapshot of the current status in a State-based ranking.