Kerala only state with high HDI, Yechury says in reply to Modi’s Somalia remark

Thursday, May 12, 2016,10:47 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | CPI(M) has targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his Somalia remark regarding Kerala and said the southern state fared way better than the African nation in terms of human development index (HDI).

Somalia’s HDI is 0.285 (ranking: 229), Kerala’s is 0.712. India’s only high HDI state, it’d rank 104 globally. So much for the comparison, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Twitter, without naming the Prime Minister.

Modi had compared the infant mortality rate in Kerala with Somalia while addressing a poll rally in the state on Sunday. Modi had reportedly said unemployment rate in Kerala was three-times higher than national average, while the infant mortality rate among Scheduled Tribe community from the state was worse than Somalia.