Close to 400k people ‘below poverty line’

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Oct 18, 2017-

Nearly 400,000 people in the country are below the poverty line in Nepal, according to a government report.

The report unveiled on Tuesday by the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation on the occasion of the 25th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty shows a total of 391,831 people are under the poverty line in Nepal. The report includes the details of poor in Bhojpur, Khotang, Siraha, Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Rautahat, Gorkha, Tanahu, Baglung, Kapilvastu, Arghakhanchi, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Bardiya , Jajarkot, Dolpa, Jumla, Kalikot, Mugu, Humla, Bajura, Bajhang, Achham and Kailali. 

Unveiling the report, Minister for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Ambika Basnet insisted on the need of economic transformation to reduce poverty. According to Minister of State for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Champadevi Yadav, the government is preparing to distribute poor identity cards to people of 25 districts. The Poor House Identification Programme will be implemented shortly after the Tihar festival. The card is to be categorised into three categories (red for absolute poor, yellow for medium poor and blue for poor). 

At the proclamation of the United Nations, October 17 is celebrated every year as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty since 1993. This year, the Day was marked with the theme of “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”. 

Of the total population in Nepal, 23.38 percent citizens fall under the poverty line. The UN has set a goal of eradicating all sorts of poverty across the world by 2030. The UN defines the poverty being based on 10 indicators of daily life including education and health. The UN identifies individual earning less than a dollar in a day as poor.  The UN report indicates that some three billion people across the world are under the poverty line, while 8 million people are deprived of sufficient food. Former National Planning Commission vice-chairman Shankar Sharma, Joint-secretaries Kewal Prasad Bhandari and Pradeep Koirala presented papers while NPC former vice-chair Jagdish Chandra Pokhrel and Nahakul KC commented on the papers.

Published: 18-10-2017 07:23

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