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7 Mar, 2013

FREE Download: Indian Well Being and Female Security Indices

TSMG Media Release

Mumbai, March 5, 2013: Tata Strategic Management Group, the largest Indian-owned management consulting firm, today published the 2013 edition of Well Being Index (WBI) and Female Security Index (FSI) for India. Two clusters: Punjab, Delhi, HP, Haryana, and Kerala, TN, AP were ranked at the top of the WBI while Chhattisgarh, Assam, Jharkhand and Bihar appeared at the bottom. On the Female Security Index (FSI), Hyderabad and Delhi were the lowest-ranked amongst the metros (UAs) while Chennai and Bengaluru were at the top. Southern states, Gujarat and most North-Eastern states emerged as the most secure for women while Haryana, MP, Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan had the lowest ranking on FSI.

Tata Strategic measured the material Well Being of a consumer household along eight key dimensions: Home, Kitchen, Hygiene, Entertainment, Communication, Transportation, Education and Healthcare. Using household data, the district level Well Being was measured and finally all districts were ranked on the basis of the Well Being Index (WBI).

Assessment of people’s well-being was incomplete without the well-being of women in the Indian society. Tata Strategic used the Female Security Index (FSI) to measure the safety of women in our society. Social parameters consisting of gender ratio in the 0-6 year age group, dowry deaths and rape crimes against women were used to create the FSI rank of all the districts in the country.

Announcing the findings of 2013 report, Mr. Raju Bhinge, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Strategic Management Group said, “The study brings to us some interesting findings. Southern States, Gujarat and most North Eastern states rank high on FSI. The lowest ranked on FSI are Haryana, HP, Punjab and Delhi. The top 10 WBI list includes two clusters: Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Punjab, Delhi, Haryana. Incidentally, Tamil Nadu is the only large state to figure amongst the top 10 in both the WBI and FSI rankings.”

K. Raman, Practice Head of Education & Healthcare who also specializes in other Social Sectors added “The study brings forth the understanding that there is more to well-being than just earning. This provides statistical evidence of the same. The low ranks on Female security Index even in districts that are highly ranked in well-being index clearly point to the need for cultural and social introspection. The study uniquely leverages information at the district level to bring forth insights that can be used by various agencies for their action planning.”

Key highlights of the Well Being Index 2013:

(+) Most of Peninsular India and North India was rated average or better on WBI

(+) Most of Central and East India were average or worse-off compared to rest of India

(+) Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hardwar were the best ranked districts in WBI in their respective regions

(+) Less known districts like Mahe and Thiruvallur were among the best 20 districts in India on WBI

Key highlights of the Female Security Index 2013:

(+) Clear divide between North and South India on Female Security

(+) Southern states, Gujarat and most North-Eastern states emerged as the most secure for women

(+) Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and UP were the worst states on FSI.

(+) Chennai and Bengaluru emerged as the most secure amongst the top 8 cities

(+) Hyderabad and Delhi were the lowest-ranked amongst top 8 Urban Agglomerations-UAs.

(+) Delhi-NCR had higher rape incidences and dowry deaths per lakh female population compared to other top 8 UAs

(+) On gender ratio in the 0-6 years age group, there was a clear divide with North and West India seen to be worse compared to the rest of India

Arriving at a conclusion, a comparison of WBI and FSI reveals no clear correlation between Female Security and Well Being in a state. Southern states were the only ones faring well on both parameters, while eastern states predominantly lag on both. Some of the economically advanced states like Delhi, Punjab and Haryana were lowest in female security.

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