Poverty Estimation in India

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In 2017, the Gini coefficient of wealth was 0.83, indicating a high rich-poor divide in the nation. A visual on an industry worker, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Abstract: Various methodologies were used to draw poverty lines in India. The expert groups constituted by the Planning Commission followed the calorie intake whereas the Saxena Committee constituted by the Ministry of Rural Development followed the inclusion and exclusion method. Multidimensional poverty by UNDP is calculated on various indicators. All methodologies point towards a high poverty ratio in India.