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India's poverty level 'falls sharply'

Poverty in India has dropped sharply, the country's Planning Commission has said.

From 2004-2005 to 2009-2010, the rate fell from 37.2% to 29.8%, which means around 360 million people currently live in poverty.

Rural poverty has declined faster than urban poverty during this period.

Rajini Vaidyanathan reports from Mumbai.

  • 20 Mar 2012
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