Kathmandu, October 17
A total of 391,831 people are under the poverty line in Nepal, shows a report unveiled by the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation today.
The report includes the details of poor in Bhojpur, Khotang, Siraha, Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Rautahat, Gorkha, Tanahu, Baglung, Kapilvastu, Arghakhanchi, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Bardiya , Jajarkot, Dolpa, Jumla, Kalikot, Mugu, Humla, Bajura, Bajhang, Achham and Kailali was published on the occasion of the 25th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty today.
Unveiling the report, Minister for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Ambika Basnet insisted on the need of economic transformation to reduce poverty. According to Minister of State for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Champadevi Yadav, the government is preparing to distribute poor identity cards to people of 25 districts where the Poor House Identification Programme has been implemented, shortly after the Tihar festival.
October 17 every year is celebrated as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty since 1993. According to the UN, some three billion people across the world live in poverty while 8 million people are deprived of sufficient food.