28.5 % population poor in view of MPI

December 20, 2017 16:20 PM Republica


KATHMANDU, Dec 20: Some 28.5 percent population is still poor in view of multidimensional poverty index (MPI). 

According to a report about Nepal's first national multidimensional poverty index (MPI) unveiled by the National Planning Commission today, this population is facing multiple exclusions. 

Nepal's poverty was reduced by 50 percent in a period from 2006 to 2014 AD, the report shows. 

The report is based on three topics including malnutrition, minimum education, electricity facility, drinking water and sufficient sanitation conditions measured through three dimensions - health, education and livelihood. 

The report shows that the MPI rate is higher in the Province 6 and Province 2 where 50 percent people are living in poverty. They have no access to basic facilities like cooking fuel, sanitation, electricity, education and health. This figure is 30 percent in the Province 5 and 15 percent in the Province 3, 1 and 4. 

Children up to nine years of age belong to the poorest group. According to the report, 41.6 percent children are in multidimensional poverty. 

Following the unveiling of the report, NPC vice chair Dr Swarnim Wagle said the MPI was the first ever method applied in the country to study about poverty from its roots and it would be helpful in mobilization of sources for development. 

Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative Director Dr Sabina Alikare applauded Nepal's significant and encouraging achievement in the area of poverty reduction. 

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