We are not unaware of what poverty means, we have grown up seeing it all around us. In a country like India, where more than half the population lives below the poverty line it is an issue that is hard to ignore. Poverty refers to a situation in which a person remain underprivileged from the basic necessities of life. In addition, the person does not have an inadequate supply of food, shelter, and clothes.
The rate of poverty in India is increasing because of the increase in the urban population. People are migrating to big cities to find better employment. Most of these people find an underpaid job or an activity that pays only for their food. Most importantly, around crores of urban people are below the poverty line and many of the people are on the borderline of poverty. The situation has only worsened with the ongoing pandemic. Businesses are shutting down, daily wage workers are out of work, people have been forced to sit at home. The sources of income have dried up for many and the situation is looking very bleak. Practices like corruption, growing population, poor agriculture, the wide gap of rich and poor, old customs, illiteracy, unemployment only add to the problem.
Poverty affects every aspect of a person’s life. It is high time that we as a country make a plan to deal with this situation. Only a well-deviced plan with proper implementation can help the people of our country in combating poverty. Otherwise, these numbers will only keep rising and the poor will keep becoming poorer.