How India fares on NFHS wealth index, in 5 charts
SummaryA vast chunk of India’s poor reside in just a handful of eastern and northeastern states, shows the National Family Health Survey report released last week
A vast chunk of India’s poor, in terms of ownership of consumer goods and household assets, reside in a handful of eastern and northeastern states, shows the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) report released last week. The 2019-21 report has used a “wealth index", a measure of living standards based on households’ ownership of items such as televisions to housing features such as drinking water sources. The population is divided into five equally-sized groups based on the index. The top 20% form the richest, and the bottom 20% the poorest quintile. The findings are startling.