What? Inauguration of ‘Action Room to Reduce Poverty’, a joint initiative of the Government of Maharashtra and the United Nations in India. The initiative has been conceptualized by the Finance Minister of Maharashtra to ensure that every citizen, especially in the 27 identified vulnerable blocks benefits from the livelihood opportunities and gains in education and health. It builds on the work of the Human Development Mission.
Why? Maharashtra is India’s most prosperous state with a gross state domestic product of $148.2 billion (at constant 2004-’05 prices), almost equal to that of Pakistan ($150 billion at constant 2005 prices). Maharashtra’s is among the richest states in India in terms of per capita income. Yet the incidence of poverty in the state remains close to the national average.
As part of the MoU between Government of Maharashtra and the United Nations in India, UN is committed to providing:
Provide experts on value chain, agri-business, social sectors and data analytics as per the duration of the MoU to the Government of Maharashtra;
Provide technical expertise to prepare livelihood strategy for the State, including livelihoods plans for select districts;
Provide technical support to develop monitoring system to track on progress on key development outcomes at State level, including adapting best practices on data systems from other states for Maharashtra; and
Identify opportunities to engage with the businesses to address key development challenges.