Dr Yogesh Suri, Senior Adviser (SDGs) at NITI Aayog, met with Chief Minister Rio today to delve into Nagaland’s performance in the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and address critical developmental concerns.


This meeting underscored the government’s dedication to improving living standards, healthcare, and education in Nagaland, ultimately working towards a more prosperous and sustainable future for its people. The state’s commitment to the SDGs remains a driving force behind these efforts.

NITI Aayog tweeted about the meeting, emphasizing India’s unwavering commitment to supporting Nagaland’s journey toward progress.

India’s National Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is a tool that assesses multiple and simultaneous deprivations at a household level, considering health, education, and living standards.

It may be cited here that, according to the 2023 MPI report released by NITI Aayog, there has been a notable decline in the percentage of the total population experiencing multidimensional poverty in Nagaland. The figures have dropped from 25.16% to 15.43%, comparing data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) rounds 4 (2015-16) and 5 (2019-21). This change over time reflects a significant -9.73% shift, leading to a reduction in the MPI from 0.116 to 0.066 during the same period.

Moreover, the headcount ratio, which measures the proportion of people living in multidimensional poverty, has seen improvements in rural areas of Nagaland. It dropped from 32.73% to 19.88%. Even in urban areas, there has been a marginal decrease, moving from 10.70% to 6.14%.

The analysis of multidimensional poverty at the district level in Nagaland revealed disparities among its eleven districts. Kohima emerged as the top-performing district, followed by Mokokchung in second place and Dimapur in third. Tuensang district ranked the lowest in terms of MPI, with a score of 0.126.

It is essential to note that eradicating poverty by 2030 is a central goal of the Sustainable Development Agenda. NITI Aayog expressed its commitment to supporting Nagaland in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 through collaboration between the state and central government.

Mokokchung Times

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