Citing lack of significant data and authenticity on some of the statistics submitted by the government, the United Nations Development Program excluded Bhutan from Human Development Index (HDI) ranking.
As per the UN’s clarifications, several indicators including life expectancy at birth, expected years of schooling, mean years of schooling and gross national income per capita were found missing or unreliable for Bhutan to get a rank in the HDI report, released on November 7.
Along with Bhutan, Cuba, Iraq and 13 other countries were also excluded from the HDI report, since data was missing for one or more of the indicators.
Bhutan was ranked 132nd among 182 countries last year. It had ranked 133rd in 2006, 134th in 2005, and 136th in 2004.