Indian school children eat their free midday meal at a government school in Haryana. Photo Credit: Umesh Negi/Getty Images

Society India3. November 2022

Historic Progress: 415 Million People Wave Goodbye to Poverty Here

In India, 415 million people exited poverty between 2005-06 and 2019-21, according to the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

“There have been visible investments in boosting access to sanitation, cooking fuel and electricity – indicators that have seen large improvements. A policy emphasis on universal coverage – for example, in education, nutrition, water, sanitation, employment, and housing – likely contributed to these results,” the report states.

India still has the largest number of poor people worldwide – a staggering 228.9 million, 97 million of which are children. To fight this, the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals plans to reduce, at least by half, poverty in all of its forms by 2030. The 415 million people that have risen out of poverty in India in the 15-year period shall be used as an important case study for the UN’s Sustainable Development program.

Economic Times

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