New Delhi: A report titled “Moving Out of Poverty” brought out by the World Bank on 10 June suggests real poverty may be much higher than the official estimates. The study spread over four states—Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam—says community poverty line is higher than the official poverty line as estimated individually by these states.
The study is based on 2,700 life stories coming out of 300 villages across these four states between 1995-2005. Data have been collected on the basis on personal interviews with families in these villages.
“Poor people in these states cited well-functioning local democratic structures and economic opportunities as critical in helping them move out of poverty and death and illnesses as also family disintegration for getting back into poverty,” Deepa Narayan, editor of the report, said on Wednesday.