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India’s life expectancy rises to 68.7 years

Nov 03, 2019 18:50 IST

As per the National Health Profile 2019 released on Wednesday, life expectancy in India has increased from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 68.7 years in 2012-16. For the same period, the life expectancy for females is 70.2 years and 67.4 years for males. There has been consistent decrease in the birth rate, death rate and natural growth rate in India between 1991 and 2017. The population, however, continues to grow, as the decline in birth rate is not as rapid as the decline in the death rate, says the report.