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Gogoi alleges bid to mislead people

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today hailed the Assam Human Development Report 2014 as a historic one and claimed that during the past 10 years around 56.4 per cent of the people in the State were satisfied with life as they found most of their aspects in life satisfactory. The report was prepared under the aegis of the previous government led by Gogoi and it was released by present Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a function here yesterday.

Gogoi, however, alleged that the present government has made an attempt at misleading the people on the findings of the report concerning the aspect of governance.

In a statement, Gogoi said only 24.6 per cent of the people surveyed by the Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development in collaboration with researchers from Flinders University, Australia, and IIT Guwahati, in the 27 old districts of the State, were found not satisfied with life, whereas 19 per cent of the people were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, he said referring to page 168 of the report.

Out of the total eight different aspects of life, satisfaction for happiness and well-being, the percentage of satisfied people is much higher than that of the �not satisfied� people in seven aspects. The only aspect in which the percentage of satisfied people is less is the aspect of governance, he said referring to page 171 of the report.

He resented that the present government, while launching the report on Monday, stated that the percentage of satisfied people in the governance aspect is 12 per cent, whereas the report states that the percentage in this respect is 23 per cent. This is misleading and extremely unfortunate and it undermines the true value of this historic exercise, said Gogoi.

He said the report has stated that 86 per cent of people are satisfied in the ecology aspect, 85 per cent are satisfied in the cultural aspect and in the psychological and emotional well-being aspect 68 per cent of the people are satisfied.

In the living standard aspect, 64 per cent of the people are satisfied, in the community vitality aspect 62 per cent are satisfied, in health aspect 56 per cent of the people are satisfied and in the education aspect, 55 per cent are satisfied, he said.

In 17 districts, over 50 per cent of the people expressed their satisfaction in life aspect and in the districts like Jorhat, Goalpara, Dibrugarh, Kamrup and Kamrup (Metro), over 70 per cent of the people expressed their satisfaction in this respect, he claimed.

The report has now created a platform for policy makers to shape the future of the State. This is probably the first human development report in the world that has incorporated a scientific measurement of human well-being aspects with human development, he said.

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Gogoi alleges bid to mislead people

GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today hailed the Assam Human Development Report 2014 as a historic one and claimed that during the past 10 years around 56.4 per cent of the people in the State were satisfied with life as they found most of their aspects in life satisfactory. The report was prepared under the aegis of the previous government led by Gogoi and it was released by present Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a function here yesterday.

Gogoi, however, alleged that the present government has made an attempt at misleading the people on the findings of the report concerning the aspect of governance.

In a statement, Gogoi said only 24.6 per cent of the people surveyed by the Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development in collaboration with researchers from Flinders University, Australia, and IIT Guwahati, in the 27 old districts of the State, were found not satisfied with life, whereas 19 per cent of the people were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, he said referring to page 168 of the report.

Out of the total eight different aspects of life, satisfaction for happiness and well-being, the percentage of satisfied people is much higher than that of the �not satisfied� people in seven aspects. The only aspect in which the percentage of satisfied people is less is the aspect of governance, he said referring to page 171 of the report.

He resented that the present government, while launching the report on Monday, stated that the percentage of satisfied people in the governance aspect is 12 per cent, whereas the report states that the percentage in this respect is 23 per cent. This is misleading and extremely unfortunate and it undermines the true value of this historic exercise, said Gogoi.

He said the report has stated that 86 per cent of people are satisfied in the ecology aspect, 85 per cent are satisfied in the cultural aspect and in the psychological and emotional well-being aspect 68 per cent of the people are satisfied.

In the living standard aspect, 64 per cent of the people are satisfied, in the community vitality aspect 62 per cent are satisfied, in health aspect 56 per cent of the people are satisfied and in the education aspect, 55 per cent are satisfied, he said.

In 17 districts, over 50 per cent of the people expressed their satisfaction in life aspect and in the districts like Jorhat, Goalpara, Dibrugarh, Kamrup and Kamrup (Metro), over 70 per cent of the people expressed their satisfaction in this respect, he claimed.

The report has now created a platform for policy makers to shape the future of the State. This is probably the first human development report in the world that has incorporated a scientific measurement of human well-being aspects with human development, he said.