Arguing that "poverty cannot be abolished", eminent India-born British economist, author and Labour Party politician Lord Meghnad Desai today said the better approach will be to concentrate on the core problems of poverty and try to remove them.
The poverty ratio in the country has fallen steeply during the UPA regime to 21.9 percent in 2012 from 37.2 percent in 2004, said the UPA Government's Report Card released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday.
India, the world's second biggest wheat and rice grower, saw the number of people who suffered from chronic hunger drop by 6.5 percent to 21.38 crore during 2011-13, according to a joint report by UN food agencies.
In a veiled criticism of the Gujarat model of economic growth, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the Congress-led UPA government was for combining passion for growth with compassion for poor.
Praising India's efforts to eliminate poverty, Kim said, "India's contribution to ending global poverty could be staggering. In the last five years, roughly 50 million people have been lifted out of poverty in India."
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Thursday said 39 million Indians are pushed to poverty because of ill health every year and around 30 percent in rural India did not go for any treatment due to financial constraints, as per a WHO report.
Under pressure to review its controversial poverty line of Rs 28.65 daily consumption, the Planning Commission is likely to complete by next month the formation of a technical group to revisit the methodology used to arrive at the figure.
Joining the debate on controversial poverty line issue, Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has said the surveys being conducted by the Planning Commission use the best available methodology which is refined all the time.