Life good, but unsafe in Delhi: Report

The Delhi Human Development Report for 2013 has found that while quality of life in the capital has improved over the last few years, public safety and security still was a cause of concern.

The report, released by Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Saturday, analysed issues from two perspectives facts on the grounds and people's perceptions regarding the same. The latter was based on findings of a perceptions survey conducted with a representative sample of around 8,000 people.

While releasing the report, Ansari said, "A perceptions survey finds that the citizens of Delhi are satisfied with the quality of life, including employment, education, health as well as with other personal attributes."

He added that however, there were many challenges that need to be urgently addressed including a levelling of living standards across different segments of the population and improved access to basic amenities such as water and sanitation.

"The issue of safety and security of citizens has been agitating the public mind in recent times. The deficit in terms of a real and perceived lack of safety in public spaces affects the daily lives of all citizens, especially women, children and senior citizens," Ansari said. He added that the government had much ground to cover to restore people's faith in police.

CM Sheila Dikshit said, "Delhi has changed significantly during the last seven years, since the first Report was published in 2006. We felt that it was time for a review. While Delhi has made commendable strides on various human development fronts, we do acknowledge that progress on many other fronts needs to be enhanced and made more inclusive."

Human development report 2013

The report highlights the high crime rate in Delhi and said the rates of kidnapping and abduction of children in Delhi increased significantly from 4.5 per one lakh population in 2004-06 to 18.3 per one lakh population in 2012.

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