The government of India has announced the creation of a national panel of experts to study the causes and prevention of poverty.
The panel is led by a former chief statistician at the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, and will be headed by a professor from the Institute of Public Finance and Economics.
The panel will study the prevalence of poverty in various regions of the country and also provide recommendations on how to tackle the problem.
The country’s top poverty-reduction experts have already set up a panel of scholars, headed by Dr Amit Kher, to work on issues such as poverty, education, health, environment and agriculture.
The group also aims to bring together the experts from different sectors of society and share best practices and ideas.
The government has also set up the Poverty Action Group (PAG), which will have a steering committee that will oversee its work.
The PAG will work in partnership with the National Poverty Control Commission (NPCC) and other national agencies to ensure the implementation of the National Action Plan for Poverty Reduction.
The national poverty control commission is the nodal agency for all aspects of the government’s poverty eradication efforts, including programmes and programmes delivery.
The NPCC is the coordinating body between the ministries of health, education and the environment.
The National Action plan aims to reduce poverty to a national average by 2022.
According to the government, there are 3.5 billion people in the country, a third of them living in rural areas.
India is estimated to be the world’s poorest country, with an estimated population of about 5.3 billion people.