Hindustan Times article highlights advantages of MPI

In an article for the Hindustan Times on the problems with the methods used to calculate India’s national poverty line, Prahlad Shekhawat, journalist and Director of the Alternative Development and Research Center, Jaipur writes that:

“The multidimensional poverty indicators developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and accepted by the Human Development Report, 2011, are perhaps the most reliable measures developed so far. They include: years of schooling, child enrolment, mortality (any age), nutrition, electricity, sanitation, drinking water, flooring, cooking fuel and asset ownership. The new Inequality Index elaborates the nature of disparities. According to this calculation, the proportion of BPL families in India is 55.4% of the population. These indicators are desirable, having been applied by an independent international agency, and being comprehensive measures that can either form a single index or can be disaggregated into separate dimensions. Policy makers can thus figure which dimension or dimensions is/are most responsible for poverty and deserve special attention.”

The op-ed article “A very crooked line” appeared in the Hindustan Times on 1 April 2012. Read more.