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135 Million Indians Exited “Multidimensional" Poverty as per Government Figures. Is that the same as Poverty Reduction?

The Niti Aayog recently released its National Multidimensional Poverty Index 2023, according to which the poverty headcount ratio declined from 24.85 percent in 2015-16 to 14.96 percent in 2019-21. In absolute numbers this translates to 135 million people exiting multidimensional poverty in this time period. In addition, a few days earlier, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released its own Multidimensional Poverty Index, which in a press note said that,...

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Fifth Report From Gambia Implicates Indian Drug Maker for Contaminated Syrups - Banjot Kaur

The Wire The issue of the deaths of 70 children in the Gambia after consuming cough syrup is back in the news again. These deaths were linked to four medicines made by an Indian manufacturer, Maiden Pharmaceuticals. A Gambian presidential task force has now recommended that the government must sue the drug manufacturer, Maiden Pharmaceuticals, and the drug importer, Atlantic Pharmaceuticals.  It also wants the Government of India to be sued. This...

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Niti Aayog says 20.79 Crore Indians Are 'Multidimensionally Poor' - Banjot Kaur

The Wire The Niti Aayog’s second edition of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) has projected that about 14.96% of the Indian population is ‘multidimensionally’ poor. In absolute terms, 207.9 million (20.79 crore) Indians are poor and face deprivation in multiple development areas, as per population projections for the year 2021. Though this report also claimed that the multidimensional poverty in India has declined from 24.85% to 14.96% between 2015-16 and 2019-21. The...

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India may have seen steepest dip in multidimensional poverty among 110 nations as per UNDP data - Nikhil Rampal

The Print More than a third of India’s poor, or 415 million people, were pushed out of multidimensional poverty between 2005 and 2021, shows analysis of the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP’s) updated poverty index data. The data of 110 developing countries, collected over varying time periods, indicates that this fall is likely to be the steepest. According to the UNDP’s updated Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) report, released Tuesday, about 55 percent of...

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Health among top three priorities for Indian voters after jobs and education, survey shows - Oliver Heath, Jyoti Mishra, Louise Tillin & Sandhya Venkateswaran In a recent survey conducted by Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in partnership with the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, King’s India Institute and Royal Holloway, University of London, we set out to examine in greater depth how Indian citizens view Health. This five-state survey is the first systematic interrogation of electoral perceptions around Health in India. Between March-April 2022, we interviewed 1,500 voters across five Indian states...

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