Madhya Pradesh, UP and Bihar among poorest states in India, Jharkhand too
BHOPAL: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are among the states with highest poverty level, along with Jharkhand.
Among big states, these three North Indian states--Bihar, UP and MP, figure at the top i.e. first, third and fourth place respectively.
Niti Aayog has revealed that Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh were found to be the poorest states in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Meghalaya in the index. This is the first Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) report released,
As per the report, 51.91% per cent of the population in Bihar is poor, followed by 42.16% in Jharkhand, 37.79% in Uttar Pradesh, 36.65% in Madhya Pradesh (MP) and 32.67% in Meghalaya. Kerala has the lowest poverty, as it registered just 0.71% of its population falling in the category of poor.
Goa, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Punjab are also states with less poverty level. Clearly, the difference is enormous. On one hand, it's 1/3rd to 1/4th of populace living in poverty in the huge North Indian states, considering MP also as part of North india, while many states fare extremely good.
Among the states with high poverty level, UP has seen governments change--BSP, SP and right now BJP at the helm with Yogi Adityanath as chief minister. In Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, the chief ministers have had long reigns. Nitish Kumar has been Chief Minister for several terms. Similarly, Shivraj Singh Chouhan is in his fourth term now.