The National Planning Commission has kept Nepal's multidimensional poverty index (MPI) at 28.5 per cent.
According to a report about the Nepal's first national multidimensional poverty index (MPI) unveiled by the National Planning Commission today, Nepal's poverty has been reduced by 50 per cent in a period from 2006 to 2014 AD.
The report is based on three topics including malnutrition, minimum education, electricity facility, drinking water and sufficient sanitation conditions measured through three dimensions - health, education and livelihood.
The report shows that the multidimensional poverty index rate is higher in the Province 6 and Province 2 where 50 per cent people are living in poverty. They have no access to basic facilities like cooking fuel, sanitation, electricity, education and health. This figure is 30 per cent in the Province 5 and 15 per cent in the Province 3, 1 and 4.
According to the report, 41.6 per cent children are in multidimensional poverty.
Following the unveiling of the report, NPC vice chair Dr Swarnim Wagle said the multidimensional poverty index is the first ever method applied in the country to study about poverty from its roots and it will be helpful in mobilisation of sources for development.
Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative Director Dr Sabina Alikare applauded Nepal's significant and encouraging achievement in the area of poverty reduction.