Bhubaneswar: Odisha tops among other states in the country with the highest incidence of poverty and clinches the first position having the fastest poverty reduction rate in comparison to three other states- Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
According to a report released by the NITI Aayog, in the year 2004-05 the percentage of population below poverty line in the state was recorded 57.1 per cent, while it surprisingly reduced to 32.6 per cent in 2011-12 which shows that the state’s population below poverty line has been reduced to 24.6 points.
Bihar stands second in the statistical graph with 33.7 per cent of population below poverty line in the year 2011-12 registering a reduction of 20.7 points as it was recorded with 54.4 per cent in 2004-05.
The survey report said, West Bengal stand in third position ahead of Uttar Pradesh in the race of poverty reduction rate by a decline of 14.2 points as in 2004-05 the per cent of population below poverty line was 34.2 per cent and in 2011-12 the rate reduced to 20.0 per cent.
Besides, Uttar Pradesh stand last in the graph having a poverty reduction rate of 11.5 per cent as it 40.9 per cent in 2004-05 and 29.4 per cent in the year 2011-12.
According to the Niti Aayog report, Odisha has earned the distinction of being the number one State as far elimination of poverty by 2011-12. The survey report said that the faster poverty reduction in Odisha was due to the development strategies adopted by the State Government.