- GS 1: Salient features of Indian Society.
- Quality of Life for Elderly Index was released by Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) to shed light on problems faced by the elderly.
- The Index has been created by the Institute for Competitiveness at the request of EAC-PM.
- The report identifies the regional patterns of ageing across Indian States and assesses the overall ageing situation in India.
- The Index framework includes four pillars
- Financial Well-being
- Social Well-being
- Health System and
- Income Security
- It also has eight sub-pillars
- Economic Empowerment,
- Educational Attainment & Employment,
- Social Status,
- Physical Security,
- Basic Health,
- Psychological Wellbeing,
- Social Security, and
- Enabling Environment.
- The index highlights that the best way to improve the lives of the current and future generations of older people is by investing in health, education and employment for young people today.
- This index measures the core domains of economic, health, and social well-being of older people and provides the in-depth situation of elderly people in India.
- The index can thus help the nation identify areas that need improvement and grab the current opportunity to start putting positive changes in motion for the next decades.
- The Health System pillar observes the highest national average.
- States have performed particularly worse in the Income Security pillar because over half of the States have a score below the national average.
- Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh are top-scoring regions in Aged (elderly population of more than 5 million) and Relatively Aged States (Elderly population of less than 5 million), respectively. Chandigarh and Mizoram are top-scoring regions in Union Territory and North-East States category.