Despite good-economic-growth, India way behind in overall happiness ranking: Pranab
Former President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday said despite the country having high GDP growth, high average life expectancy, which went up from 31.4 years to 68 years at present, and a quantum jump in foodgrain production since 1947, India is "way behind" in the overall happiness ranking. India occupies the 133rd place (according to a world survey) in overall happiness ranking in 2018, Mukherjee said.
There should be focus on social welfare of people: Ex-President
"This (poor happiness ranking) indicates a lack of holistic approach towards development. A quest for happiness is closely tied with the quest for sustainable development - a culmination for human well being, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability," Mukherjee said at an Indian Chamber of Commerce event in Kolkata. He said there should be a focus on social welfare and mental well-being of people.
Pranab says economic activity shouldn't be limited to profit-making
The former President also said economic activity should not be limited to profit-making alone, but "one has to consider about the planet and people for laying a strong foundation of industrial development and growth".