Bihar, Jharkhand, UP poorest states in the country: NITI AAYOG

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Bihar, Jharkhand, UP poorest states in the country: NITI AAYOG

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New Delhi : According to NITI Aayog’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have emerged as the poorest states in the country.

According to the index, 51.91 percent of the population of Bihar is poor. Whereas in Jharkhand 42.16 percent and in Uttar Pradesh 37.79 percent of the population is poor. Madhya Pradesh (36.65 per cent) is ranked fourth in the index, while Meghalaya (32.67 per cent) is at fifth place.

Kerala (0.71 per cent), Goa (3.76 per cent), Sikkim (3.82 per cent), Tamil Nadu (4.89 per cent) and Punjab (5.59 per cent) are the states with the least number of poor people in the entire country and are at the bottom of the index.

According to the report, India’s National Multidimensional Poverty Index is prepared using a globally accepted and robust methodology developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

In the Multidimensional Poverty Index, the economic condition of the family and the state of deprivation are mainly assessed.

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