Over the past decade India has seen rapid economic growth. The country has also made progress in reducing poverty. India's minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning Rajiv Shukla says 270 million people are currently living below the poverty line. The minister says that number was 407 million seven years ago. But social activists say the figures are underestimated because the government has not come up with a real poverty calculation until now. Independent estimates suggest that 70 percent of the Indian population is living below poverty line.