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StoriesAsia Explains | How India Measures Poverty

StoriesAsia Explains | How India Measures Poverty

Does India’s Poverty-Line Estimation Consider Human Dignity?

Who’s poor in India, according to the government? Anyone who lives in a city and earns more than 32 rupees – or less than half a U.S. dollar – a day is above the poverty line. For those who live in a village, the benchmark is 26 rupees a day. In other words, you may go broke after buying a litre of milk a day, but you are not “poor.”

The video above explains the basis on which the Indian government arrived at this conclusion.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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