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This paper offers a comprehensive analysis of poverty in India. It shows that no matter which of the two official poverty lines is used, poverty has declined steadily in all states and for all social and religious groups. Accelerated growth between fiscal years 2004–2005 and 2009–2010 led to an accelerated decline in poverty rates.

Praise comes five years after it described the programme as a ‘policy barrier’ to economic development and poverty alleviation

For the beleaguered UPA government, here are some words of praise. The flagship rural employment guarantee scheme has comes in for praise from the World Bank, five years after it described the programme as “policy barrier” to economic development and poverty alleviation.

According to this new World Bank report on "state of the poor" the extreme poverty has fallen across the developing world in the last three decades, but the pace was considerably slower in LICs and poverty for middle and high income countries (including India and China) fell by more than a half since 1981.

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Thursday that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) was not a permanent solution for providing jobs in rural parts

India’s sheer size and poverty have meant that addressing the needs of its hundreds of millions of poor and vulnerable citizens has preoccupied Indian policymakers since independence. Unsurprisingly, the mix of strategies, the resulting policy instruments to undergird them and their relative effectiveness have been a matter of contentious debate.

The S R Hashim Committee report on urban poor has been put into cold storage by the UPA government.

Government departments now use different standards to measure poverty

Government departments differ with regard to standards for determining poverty-level, Mythili K. Rajendran, Managing Director and Principal Secretary, Tamil Nadu Rural Livelihood Mission, said here on Tuesday.

The majority of chronically poor people are economically active but the poor quality of that work, including its low-pay, dangerous conditions, insecurity and irregularity means that this work frequently maintains people in poverty rather than enabling poverty escapes.

New Delhi: Odisha and Bihar have recorded the sharpest decline in poverty levels between 2004-05 and 2011-12, although the proportion of the poor in these states remains well above the national ave

New Delhi: People spending more than Rs 27.2 per day in villages and Rs 33.3 in cities are not poor, according to the latest data released by the government.

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