20 per cent people living below poverty line, Statistics Office says

Kathmandu, Feb 12: The National Statistics Office (NSO) has stated that 20.27 per cent people still live below the poverty line in Nepal.

Releasing the Nepal Living Standard Survey (NLSS) 2079-080 here Monday, the NSO said that country’s poverty rate could not decrease as expected due to Gorkha Earthquake of 2015 and the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the NLSS report, the rate of poverty is intense in the rural areas compared to the cities, with the poverty rate in the cities remaining 18.34 per cent while it is 24.66 per cent in the rural areas.

During the programme, National Planning Commission Vice-Chairman Dr Min Bahadur Shrestha argued that the country’s progress in poverty alleviation has faded due to the corona pandemic, natural disasters and other reasons.

As per the survey, four provinces have more poverty rate against the national record of the poverty rate. Sudurpaschim Province has the highest rate of poverty with 34.16 per cent while Karnali Province has 26.69 per cent, 24.35 per cent in Lumbini Province and 22.53 per cent in Madhes Province.

Gandaki has the least poverty rate with 11.88 per cent followed by 12.59 per cent in Bagmati and 17.19 per cent in Koshi Province. (RSS)

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