PANJIM: According to Niti Aayog’s first Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) report, Goa has been ranked as the second least poor State in India. The percentage of the State’s population that is multidimensionally poor is 3.76 per cent.
The MPI index was released on Friday and Kerala was found to be the State having least poverty at 0.71 per cent while Bihar is the poorest State with 51.91 per cent population qualifying as poor.
Coming to Goa’s districts, the poor population in South Goa at 4.37 per cent is higher than the 3.33 per cent poor population in North Goa. Interestingly, the report states that zero per cent of the population of the State is deprived of electricity.
Goa was given its rating on several other poverty indices as per the Niti Aayog’s MPI Index. For instance the child and adolescent mortality is at 0.57 per cent.
The index stated that 24.6 per cent of Goa’s population is deprived of nutrition; 7.14 per cent is deprived of maternal health; 3.1 per cent is deprived of cooking fuel; 12.1 per cent is deprived of sanitation; 1.6 per cent is deprived of drinking water; 9.5 per cent is deprived of housing; 2.6 per cent is deprived of bank accounts and 2.97 per cent of Goa’s population is deprived of assets.