NEW DELHI, July 9 � Contrary to the claims made by the Assam Government, the State�s economy seems to be in the doldrums, with Assam recording the lowest average Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).
According to the economic survey (2013-2014), tabled by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in both the Houses of Parliament, Bihar has emerged as the best performing state at 15.1 per cent, while the average national GSDP is 4.5 per cent.
While the all India poverty Head Count Ratio was 21.9 per cent, state like Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, besides Bihar and Odisha have above all India average.
Kerala is the best performing state in terms of two indicators � decadal growth of population and sex ratio, and is well ahead of other states. Assam�s decadal growth rate of population at 958 is marginally higher than the all India average of 943.
On the health front too, Assam has not done well, with the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in the State being among the highest, at 55. Madhya Pradesh has the highest IMR in the country, at 56. The national IMR is 42.