What was the status of extreme poverty level in India, prior to the pandemic? Did demonetisation increase poverty?

There is much uncertainty on poverty between 2011-12 and 2019, from an increase (leaked NSS data) to a near elimination (IMF working paper). The truth lies in between, but where? It is important to keep sight of the human element and bigger picture in these data battles, says Amit Basole in Mint.


Amit Basole heads the Centre for Sustainable Employment at Azim Premji University. He is also the Associate Professor of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, at the University.

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