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271 mn people in India overcame poverty between 2006 and 2016 : UN

271 mn people in India overcame poverty between 2006 and 2016 : UN

According to the UNDP’s 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index India was able to lift 271 million people out of poverty between the years 2006 and 2016. In doing so India recorded the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the period.

The report also records strong improvements in areas such as assets, nutrition, cooking fuel and sanitation. The report prepared on the basis of studying 101 countries, concludes that 1.3 billion people are multidimensionally poor.  Multidimensional poverty means that poverty is defined not merely by income, but by a number of indicators such as poor health, threat of violence and poor quality of work.

The report identifies 10 countries, with a combined population of around 2 billion people, to illustrate the level of poverty reduction, and all of them have shown statistically significant progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1, namely ending poverty in all its forms, everywhere.

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