India: UNDP Poverty Alleviation Plan for BIMARU States

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has chalk ed out a poverty alleviation plan for Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (BIMARU) states of India.

The five year plan will focus on empowerment of people and enable them to participate in decision making. According to the Country Director of UNDP, Dierdre Boyd stated that these are the states that generally have the highest rate of poverty and low human development. UNDP want to focus on how to strengthen the local people and make them involve in decision-making. Besides poverty alleviation, the strategy will also incorporate HIV/AIDS awareness, financial inclusion and access to credit. Optimum utilisation of natural resources, environmental protection in the backdrop of climate change and preparedness to counter natural disasters would be another aspect of the plan. UNDP is also trying to support the Indian Government on the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.

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