Income is only Rs.600 per month, still not considered as poor: On what basis Govt. has set up poverty standards?

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India is land of unity among diversities, as has been witnessed in the past and to some extent even today, we have this feeling of oneness among us. It has diversities in respect of religion, caste, creed, culture, language but underlying these differences, there flows a stream of fraternity. Thus we can proudly say incredible India. Unfortunately, the incredibility of India sometimes faces a question mark when we see an unbelievable diversity among the rich and poor sections of the society and unity in this area has still remained a dream yet to be fulfilled. Is it at all possible to materialize this dream is the biggest question which lurks in the mind of those who are concerned about their country to some extent.

Poverty Definition according to Govt.:

The Planning commission which helps in making economic policies for country has recently told Supreme Court of India that the poverty limit is Rs.578 per person. If someone earns only Rs 600 per month even then he would not be considered as poor. This means if there are 5 members in a family and its income is Rs.3000 per month then these poor will not get any benefits of poverty schemes. This limit is even lower for rural areas.  There is no idea that what has inspired such a decision. There is a price hike in almost alternative day and the cost of vegetables and food grains have rose to such a height that the family with a medium and fixed income are facing problems in running the monthly expenses smoothly. Then what would these people with 600 rupees a month, do?

They have a few options in hand. They should either eat or live in a house of buy clothes or educate their children. It is not possible for them to maintain all with the little income, even they are the basic necessities. Therefore the commission clearly wants them to die in hunger or to remain unenlightened if they eat. If their intention was not something like this, then on what basis have they reached such a painful resolution? Is it another side of our incredible India?

There are many families where there is only one earning member and four or five depending on him and his monthly income is around 2500 rupees living in a small rented room without any proper sanitation or hygiene. Now what would the person do? Should he buy food or pay house rent or send the children to the school? The commission has not thought of any solution. Though many NGO s and social activist have raised their voice against such miserable decision we are not sure whether their protest will bring an end to the sufferings of these people who are so ignorant that they are completely unaware of the several rights they can get from the government.Many raised their voices against this social system of our dear country where some are enjoying the comforts of Mercedes Benz and Ferrari cars and the delicacies of expensive pizzas and burgers and a whole lot is fighting hard in the struggle for existence. There is no guarantee that all would survive after the war and who cares whether they die or exist feebly. The sufferers know pretty well that they have no value in the eyes of the government except in the occasion of polling when a single vote is extremely significant for the political parties as it determines their lot.

Gap between Rich and Poor:


The question of attaining an economic uniformity is no doubt, a disturbing one as it once again makes the picture of crisis among the poor clearly evident. It is indeed a shame for all. Among the long list of achievement of our country, one failure which dazzles brightly is that of the enlistment of the poor and ignorant masses which is around 37% of the total population, who falls below the international poverty line. It is not that, there has been no economic growth in our country; reports say that quite a satisfactory and profitable financial growth has taken place. But the poor has remained where they were because it was not uniform. The rich has become richer and the richer the richest and the poor became poorer and the poorer the poorest. A number of steps were taken to make the condition better immediately after India’s independence but none were implemented in a proper way. Had those programs like subsidizing food and other essentials, access to an increased amount of loans, supporting the farmers with advanced agricultural techniques and with money, spreading education among all and proper family planning, were properly executed, the picture of the huge mass of underprivileged people would have been different. But our government policies were always different.

This is indeed the picture of our fantastic country India- our incredible India.


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