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POLITICS-Hawala Parties

number of the poor and their proportion in the population, based on the expert group's methodology These estimates suggest that although rural poverty did decline between 1987-88 and 1993-94, the decline was very slight, from 39.2 per cent in 1987-88 to 37.5 percent in 1993-94, which is almost certainly statistically insignificant. More importantly, these calculations, when extended to the thin1 samples, show that there was a marked increase in rural poverty in 1992 (44 per cent) as compared to either 1989-90 (34.4 percent) or 1990-91 (35 per cent). Further, although there was some moderation in poverty between 1992 and 1993-94, rural poverty in 1993-94 was still higher, in both absolute and proportionate terms, than in the two years immediately preceding the launching of the economic 'reforms' in July

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