End poverty in all its forms

By Aryaman Choudhary

Even though human beings have taken huge steps in Science and technology, now is the time that they should turn their focus towards glaring economic inequalities existing in today’s world. The richest 1% of the world owns more than half of the world’s wealth.

Economic divide in India
In India, the divide between rich and poor is also strengthened by caste and gender discrimination or vice-versa. In metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Delhi the economic divide is even more glaring. Mumbai, the financial capital of India or the richest city of India, also has one of the Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi.

Poverty also leads to facilities like education and healthcare becoming a luxury for the poor. The children, in slums and poor households, have to bear the financial responsibilities in their early ages, thus barring them from their right to education

A chat with the poor
Shah Rukh, a child residing in Chandni Chowk says that, “I manage to earn about 100 rupees everyday through begging.” When asked whether he goes to school or not, he says that,” I left schooling 3-4 years ago. My mother beats me when I tell her to send me to school.”

While the children in these poor households struggle to go to schools, the adults struggle to earn the bread every day for their families.

Raju, a balloon seller at Connaught Palace, Delhi, says that,” We want employment and a decent wage. These two things are a pre-requisite for elimination of poverty. I barely manage to send my kids to school and get them food.”

Some steps taken under Modi government to alleviate poverty in India

1) Deen Dayal Upadhaya Antyodaya Yojna- It was established to alleviate poverty in rural and urban areas.

2) Make in India- This was more of a slogan rather than a campaign to ensure self sufficiency in mass production and increase employment opportunities in India

3) Mudra Bank Yojna- This has been passed to provide bank loans to the poor between ₹50,000 to ₹10,00,000

Though India has shed the infamous title of being the home to the largest number of poors, India has still miles to cover. Also having the largest youth population in the world, India has to ensure that enough job opportunities are created and they are not trapped in drugs.

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