From The Mint:
But the fact is we have not been able to reduce poverty at a faster rate. Does it show the poor quality of execution of various developmental schemes in India?
Almost surely. Many things that could have reduced poverty—better education, better health, better access to public distribution system—all those things have failed miserably. There is no surprise why poverty is not falling faster. Most of the reason why poverty is falling, is not because of public expenditure, but because (of) these people joining temporarily some urban workforce… that is how poverty is falling.