Chronic poverty in India: policy responses.


Despite the huge efforts at eliminating poverty made in India since independence, it is estimated that up to 130 million Indians live in chronic poverty - defined as poverty that endures for at least five years, and often passes from generation to generation within a family. This briefing paper summarises the characteristics of and explanations for this phenomenon, discusses the context for policy today, and proposes a series of recommendations for policy changes that would move India towards eradicating poverty.


CPRC Policy Brief No. 4, Chronic Poverty Research Centre, London, UK, 6 pp.

Chronic poverty in India: policy responses.

Published 1 January 2007