In a socio-economic milestone for Gujarat, a total of 47,84,122 people have come out of poverty between 2015-16 and 2019-21, constituting about 5.13% of the state’s population.
This was revealed in a report titled ‘National Multidimensional Poverty Index: A Progress of Review 2023’, released by Niti Aayog.
The report showcases that approximately 13.5 crore individuals across the nation have come out of poverty in the same time frame.
The report illustrates the marked improvement in Gujarat’s poverty rates, where the percentage of impoverished individuals decreased from 18.47% to 11.66%.
Poverty rates improve in rural Gujarat
The rural regions have witnessed a more substantial decline in poverty rates compared to urban areas.
In 2015-16, the population of poor people in rural Gujarat stood at 27.25%, and this figure was reduced by 17.15% over the next five years, reaching 11.66% in 2019-21.
Meanwhile, urban areas also saw a decrease in poverty from 6.49% in 2015-16 to 3.81% in 2019-21.
Poverty rates in Gujarat by districts
Among the districts, Rajkot boasts the lowest percentage of impoverished individuals at 3.98%, setting an example for the rest of the state. Ahmedabad ranks fifth, with 5.49% of its population living below the poverty line.
Dahod stands as the district with the highest poverty rate in the state at a staggering 38.27%.
Efforts in education, healthcare, sanitation, and employment are believed to have contributed significantly to the decline in poverty levels.
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