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Updated: April 4, 2014 17:39 IST

India needs multi-pronged approach to eradicate poverty: Report

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Why we are still like this?: The child of a road-laying worker may be asking her sister while the younger is playing, unmindful of the future. A file photo: Mohammed Yousuf.
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A multi-pronged approach with focus on inclusive economic growth would help eradicate poverty, which is increasingly getting concentrated in a few geographical areas, says a research report.

The observations are part of the India Public Policy Report (IPPR) 2014 jointly published by O P Jindal Global University and Oxford University Press.

“Overcoming poverty requires a context specific multi-pronged strategy that includes: a basic needs approach, a human rights entitlement approach, a natural resource management approach and a focus on inclusive economic growth,” the report released this week said.

Poverty in India is getting increasingly concentrated in a few geographical areas, among specific social groups and is increasing in urban areas, it said.

It also noted that access to a diverse food basket alone may not help in effectively overcoming malnutrition.

The report’s Policy Effectiveness Index (PEI) showed that at all India level there is a gradual, but only a marginal, improvement in the policy effectiveness index over the three decades - period from 1981 to 2011.

The index is based on four factors - livelihood opportunity, social opportunity, rule of law and physical infrastructure development.

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Illiteracy and hunger are the two shames and curses on Indian polity.Purchasing power of 270 million people is below US$1.5/day/capita just enough to procure subsidised food grains leaving a little for education, health care, shelter and clothing.There is unprecendented migration of young people from 'Bimari" states to metros and cities in the South.There are issues of health care especially incidence of AIDS escalating.Drinking water availability and places to sleep and rest are getting clogged.Theft, burglary and related tensions are threatening the peace and tranquility.Population control is not an item for debate even.The hospitals especially of Government are full of patients with no place left for patients even to take rest.The public toilets are the worst hit.Public eateries are places of food contamination.The politicians sitting in ivory towers are very silent on the issue of population and quality of living and life.

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