OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL
Adding yet another feather to its cap, Madhya Pradesh has registered a significant 12 percent fall in five years from year 2004- 05 to year 2009- 10 against the national average of 7.3 percent fall in pove
rty. It deserves special mention here that during the period from year 1999- 2000 to year 2004- 05 Madhya Pradesh was the only state where poverty had increased by 4 percent.
In those five years poverty had increased from 44.6 percent to 48.6 percent. In contrast to this, the state posted a decrease in poverty from 48.6 percent to 36.7 percent during the period from year 2004- 05 to year 2009- 10.
According the estimates released by the Planning Commission of India, another significant fact has come to light that during five years from 1993- 94 to year 2004- 05 the annual decrease in poverty at All India level was 0.7 percent whereas Madhya Pradesh registered an annual increase of 36 percent.
As per the estimates of year 2009- 10 released by the Planning Commission of India the poverty reduction in rural and urban areas was almost equal in Madhya Pradesh. This creditable achievement of Madhya Pradesh is a tribute to augmentation of irrigation facilities, increase in agricultural productivity, 24- hour power supply to the industries, efficient implementation of rural development schemes including Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana ( PMGSY), prudent fiscal management and committed efforts made by the state government for poverty alleviation.
Madhya Pradesh stands third in the implementation of MNREGS. Another important fact is that Madhya Pradesh does not figure among the states where Muslim poverty has increased.
As many as 13 lakh families have come above the poverty line in five years from year 2004- 05 to year 2009- 10. Roughly these families have 65 lakh members.
Percentage of BPL families in Madhya Pradesh Year Percentage 1993- 94 42.5 1999- 2000 44.6 2004- 05 48.5 2009- 10 36.7