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A national income survey has drawn mixed reactions from religious and government officials who say that while progress has been made, more needs to be done to improve living conditions.
The report, Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2010 sponsored by the World Bank and conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), found that poverty declined to 31.5 percent from 40 percent in 2005.
About 130 million people rose above the poverty line, the report also said.
Shajahan Ali Molla, director general of the BBS, told journalists on June 22 during an event to launch the report that surveys were conducted among 12,240 households across 64 districts.
“Poverty has decreased, but average incomes and expenditures have also fallen,” he said, adding that the lower middle classes experienced greater income growth than the middle classes.