Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu released the Andhra Pradesh Multidimensional Poverty (MPI) Index Report 2017 on Tuesday.According to the report, the State secured an Index value of 0.0825 (value ranges from 0 to 1; 0 being the best and 1 being the worst). It is equivalent to 51st rank globally. India, with an Index value of 0.1911 is at the 66th position. East Godavari topped in the State with 0.0468 and Vizianagaram is at the bottom with 0.1271.
The MPI poverty headcount ratio, which gives the proportion of people living in multidimensional poverty, has reduced from 41.6% in 2005-06 to 21% in 2016-17. The rural ratio stands at 22% while for urban areas it is 19%. As of 2011, the ratio of the country stands at 41.3%.
The study was conducted by the Vision Management Unit (VMU) of the Planning Department in collaboration with the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of the University of Oxford, UK. The State is the first to conduct a household survey exclusively to estimate the MPI at the State and district levels.
The end-to-end process including sampling, data processing & analysis, and estimation of headcount and Index values have been verified and vetted by the OPHI.