Lack of transparency, lousy laws and corruption are not allowing poor people to get benefits of Welfare schemes in India

Recent survey shows that no of millionaires increased in India, whereas no of people below poverty line also rose. So rich are becoming richer and poor are becoming poorer.There were approximately 350 million people in India who live on less than $1 a day. According to World Bank people who earn less than $1 i.e. Rs 45 (approx.) per person are poor or below poverty line. Whereas according to Govt. of India this limit is Rs. 10 per day.Now how much is that justified? This means that people who earn Rs.11 per day will not get benefits of welfare schemes. Even then BPL (below poverty line) people are not getting the benefits of welfare scheme due to corrupt and lousy system.

It is pertinent to understand that what the welfare schemes in India are. The Govt. of India has many schemes for the poor and for their welfare. Overall assessment of the CAG   and other governing bodies has found, the scheme that has been implemented by the Indian Government has many loopholes where the executives and operatives take the benefit. A known NGO has pointed out certain districts which have been subject to such corruption and opine in Orissa, it is rampant and cannot be controlled by the respective departments and even the Govt.

The corruption is one of the main social issues in India. Indian Politics and corruption goes hand in hand. When there are many people involved, a single man cannot do anything but to submit to their desire. And that is what is happening in India. The regular news in the newspapers you will find the death because of starvation and that perhaps more due to monsoon failure then other factors. One of the most insecure states in India for food is according to survey is Jharkhand. As per FAO ( Food and Agricultural Organization) “Food security exists when all people, at all times have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

As an Indian we should contemplate that our country which we call as developing country is listed as 66 among 88 as the poorest food and hungry country. The report exemplifies that MP is equivalent to Ethiopia and Chad and that is followed by Bihar and Jharkhand which is appraised to be worst than Zimbabwe and Haiti. But incidentally, Jharkhand is the worst affected state in India that has maximum hunger, malnutrition and food crisis. In those places the basic food is difficult for low level people to get. The reason is many people are landless and rely upon the part cultivation system that prevails in the locality. There is lack of irrigation facilities and the government benefit does not reach them purposefully.

To talk about the entire country the most disturbing thing is the intention of the Central Government to implement their declared benefits to the downtrodden people. The mid day meal scheme in India is one bright example of corrupted supply and manipulation of the sanctioned food grains and cereals. The Central Government has provided many lucrative schemes for the people for educational improvement and for uplifting the people below poverty line.

The public distribution system has suffered because of lack of identification of the specified people. Today, if we analyze we will find the entire nation has only 35% of cards distributed among the BPL families under BPL card scheme. But the quota is coming in full to all the covered states.

Where the rest 65% of supply does go? Is the district administration not responsible for it? It is within their jurisdiction and implementation. Under this pretext can we blame that the center has not done for the deserved people? Many policy makers want to separate themselves from the crisis. But the crux remains that the cards which has been distribute among the BPL families most of it has landed up on the hands of rich segment. People thought that food subsidy is the best provided method by the government, but unless it is efficiently administered who will shoulder the responsibility? These indian social issues should be taken care on priority basis.


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  • Suhana

    Its due to unawareness of consumers toward consumer act.Consumer rights are the rights given to a “consumer” to protect him/her from being cheated by salesman/manufacturer. Consumer protection laws are designed to ensure fair trade competition and the free flow of truthful information in the marketplace.
    Consumer Protection laws are a form of government regulation which aim to protect the rights of consumers.

  • asish mukherjee

    You have identified the crux of the problem. Before starting any welfare scheme, accountability and the target period must be fixed first and failure on the part of the responsible persons should be severe and clearly stated.

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