In the vast literature of economics, poverty is a well researched and well debated topic. However, it is indeed deplorable that we have scanty information about poverty of Nagaland. The literature which is considered to be a major tool for the ameliorating of people’s living standard is inadequate about the state. Thus, effort was made to fill this gap through this piece of research work.
The present work attempts to bring out the average nutritional norms for the rural areas of the state as well as for different age and sex groups. Effort is also made to highlight the relationship between the average family size and average calorie intake, and average monthly per capita expenditure. The study also tries to bring out the average monthly per capita expenditure. The study also tries to bring out the average monthly per capita expenditure and poverty line for the state. Further, the extent and depth of poverty is measured based on its own norms. This extent of inequalities in the distribution of calorie intake and monthly per capita expenditure has been estimated. Moreover, the study also estimated the relationship between the proportion of poor and the disparity in the distribution of calorie intake and monthly per capita expenditure. The study concludes with certain suggestive measures.