Can gains in the poverty battle be sustained?
Government estimates show a steep decline in poverty from 37.2% in 2004-05 to 21.9% in 2011-12. What can be done to continue the process?
A couple of days ago, at an election rally in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his fight was not so much against the opposition as against poverty. He knows, of course, that government estimates show a steep decline in poverty from 37.2% in 2004-05 to 21.9% in 2011-12, an achievement that has earned India praise from many quarters, including the World Bank. What is more important is: what has led to this dramatic fall in the poverty headcount and what can be done to continue the process?
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