Cong claims UPA policies reduced poverty in India, points to UN report

Cong claims UPA policies reduced poverty in India, points to UN report

New Delhi, The Congress on Friday said its view that the policies of the UPA governments helped reduce poverty stands vindicated by the United Nations report which says India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2005-2006 and 2015- 2016. Quoting a report by United Nations that India has lifted 271 million people from poverty during 2005-2006 to 2015- 2016 period, Congress said that the growth under UPA governments and the policies that triggered these are being acknowledged globally. "The UN has credited India for lifting 271 million people from poverty and reducing poverty by half. The growth under UPA Governments and the policies that triggered these are now being acknowledged globally", the Congress tweeted. The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) had released the 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) on Thursday and also stated that the poverty trends for India showed encouraging results that the bottom 40 percent of the population improved faster than the rest of the population in reducing deprivations.

The Congress-led UPA I and UPA II was in power during 2004 to 2014 under then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The report stated, ''Among selected countries with a significant reduction in MPI value, India demonstrates the clearest pro-poor pattern at the sub-national level: the poorest regions reduced multidimensional poverty the fastest in absolute terms''. According to the MPI report, India significantly reducing deprivations in many of the ten indicators, particularly in 'assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition. In key indicators relating to children like nutrition, child mortality, housing and years of schooling, India saw a major improvement and records highest performance among South Asian neighbours, the report further said. The report also praised Jharkhand and stated that the state reduced poverty from 74.9 percent in 2005-06 to 45.6 percent in 2015 -16. "This also means significant progress on the 'Aspirational Districts' - 19 such districts are in Jharkhand", the report said.

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