Kandhamal district, the center of an anti-Christian violence in 2008, has figured at the bottom of a well-being index prepared by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO).
The tribal dominated Orissa district, which houses a seizable number of Catholics of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar archdiocese, lacks basic amenities, which reflects its poor quality of life, media reports said quoting the index.
For more than a decade the district experienced anti-Chritian activities. Violence increased in the last three years with Hindu fanatics orchestrating a riot in 2008, which killed some 60 people and displaced 50,000 mostly Christians.
Other Orissa districts which figured in the bottom of the well-being index are Rayagada, Nuapada, Balangir, Koraput and Bargarh. Six districts of Bihar and two of Jharkhand also figured in the bottom 20.
The index measured eight criteria such as education, hygiene, entertainment, communication, healthcare, transport, home amenities and kitchen facilities.
In the top 20 are three districts of Delhi, some districts of Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore. Dimapur and Aizwal in northeast and Pathanamthitta in Kerala and South Goa are also among the top 20 besides Pune and some districts of Punjab.