Caste bias a major concern in India : World Bank

The World Bank said India can grow at 6.4 percent in 2015 and even more next year, but it cautioned that an enduring 'bias' on the basis of caste and other factors could impede prosperity. Speaking at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, said the government is aware of the issue and the World Bank sees India as a "bright spot in an otherwise mediocre global economic outlook". Mr Jim also said there is much reason for optimism among investors, entrepreneurs and CEOs thinking of doing business in Gujarat and India as a whole. He said Indian society does however have an enduring exclusion that is based. among other things, on caste identities, a bias that can impede shared prosperity, serving as a basis for discrimination in many spheres, including employment, other markets, and public services. Mr Jim acknowledged the government's efforts to address this issue and PM Narendra Modi's focus on programmes to promote broad sharing of its benefits, an action that will accelerate growth.