Niti Aayog Report Finds 29.35% Odisha Population Multidimensionally Poor

Bhubaneswar: With 29.35% of its population being multidimensionally poor as per the latest National Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Baseline Report published by Niti Aayog based on NFHS-4 (2015-16), Odisha ranks ninth in poverty in the country.

While Bihar tops the chart in poverty with 51.91% of its population multidimensionally poor, Kerala has the least poverty with only 0.71% of its population multidimensionally poor.

As per the study, 37.26% of the population in Odisha is deprived of nutrition while 2.23% of the population is deprived in the child and adolescent mortality indicator.

Similarly, 19.50% of the population in the State according to the study are deprived under the indicator maternal health, while against the years of schooling indicator 16.66% of the population is deprived.

Besides, under the indicator school attendance, 4.95 of the population are deprived while under the cooking fuel indicator 80.94% of the state’s population is deprived.

Further, under the indicator sanitation, 70.43% of the state’s population is deprived, while under the indicator drinking water 20.97% of the state’s population is deprived.

Moreover, under the indicator electricity, 13.37% of the population stands deprived, while under the indicator housing 55.81% of the population is deprived.