Poverty In India: What does poverty mean in India?
We all know, what does poverty mean, but if you have to define poverty, then “the stage in which a section of the society is unable to full filled even its basic necessities of life”.
The poverty line is fixed on annual income of ₹ 10,890 in rural areas and ₹ 12,570 in urban areas and this amount is for household having five members. Now you can imagine how much a person is earning per day, this will be rupees 30 per day for rural and rupees 35 per day for urban areas.
You will now have an image in your mind, how harsh Poverty In India is.
Poverty In India Facts and Figures
Two-third of people in India live in poverty and 68.8 percent of the Indian population merely earns ₹ 200/day
In 2012, 37% of India’s 1.21 billion fell below the international poverty line which is 1.25 dollar a day according to “Indian planning commission”
Every year around 98,000 people in India die from diarrhea, according to “World health organization”.
India’s labour participation rate (someone whose age is above 15 years) totalled 55.6% however, present of wage and salaried workers of those employed only equalled about 18.1% according to 2010 “World Bank” data.
In 2009, estimated 2.4 million were living with HIV/AIDS with children (less than 15-years-old) accounting for 3.5 % and 83% making up the age group 15-49 years. Around 39% of those infected where women.
India has the highest rate of child marriage in the world where one in three girls become child brides.
According to UNICEF (United Nations International Children Emergency Fund) one third of the world’s malnourished children live in India where 46% of all children below the age of three are too small for their age and 47% are underweight and at least 16% are wasted.
The poorest parts of India are Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.
United States agency for international development has made it a priority to fight child malnourishment and death in India. In last 30 years USAID (United States Agency for International Development) funding has helped save lives of more than 2 million Indian children by providing resources for extremely in impoverished children.
These were some of the facts related to poverty. We have not mentioned how many deaths, rapes and child labours are there in India as we believe in positive approach but that doesn’t mean we ignore the negative facts.
We believe we should start with working from ourselves.
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