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Discussion on Poverty

The article by Nilakantha Rath on “Measurement of Poverty: In Retrospect and Prospect” (EPW, 15 October 2011) is interesting as it has discussed at length the history of poverty measurement in India.

In a huge country like ours where there are wide social, cultural and other diver sities one single approach may not hold good. I would like to suggest that the central and state governments first identify who the ultra poor are – those who are not getting minimum food, basic health services and education. The focus should be on them. The Hunger Index computed for different states of India shows Madhya Pradesh is at the bottom and others in the same position are Jharkhand and Bihar.

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