People have many different developmental goals other than income. Higher income alone cannot bring about development. Several criteria other than per capita income are used to evaluate the economic development in different countries and states.
Some criteria other than income used to compare development are:
- Life expectancy
- Infant mortality
- Literacy rate
- Net attendance ratio
- Gross enrollment ratio
A community also needs public facilities for education and training, affordable healthcare, and provisions for adequate food and nutrition for development. Body mass index is an interesting way to find your health status.
Countries with lower per capita income than India have comparable or higher developmental performance on other criteria.