Poverty in India varies for distinct states. The success rate of reducing poverty ranges from state to state formulating inter-state inequalities in poverty level. Orissa, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are the three poorest states in India with their people living below the poverty line being 47, 42 and 37 per cent respectively. Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh are the three better-off states in India as far as the poverty is concerned. There are several circumstances that are accountable for these interstate disparities of poverty in India.