“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man - made and can be removed by the actions of human beings” - Nelson Mandela
Poverty can be defined as a state where the basic needsof people necessary for their survival, like food, clothing,and housing, remain unfulfilled. To understand the concept of poverty, there is a need to distinguish between absolute poverty and relative poverty. Absolute Poverty of a person means that his income or consumption expenditure is so meager that he lives below the minimum subsistence level. Whereas relativepoverty merely indicatesthelarge inequalities based on income. According to recent statistics, it was calculated that number of poor people in India go up to 400 million. Hence, in a nutshell, it can be said that, poverty is one of the major hindrances in India, when it comes to the development of economy, and grappling with this social evil has always been challenging. Though several steps are being initiated by government to curb this social menace, the outcome has not been fruitful.
There are innumerable reasons for this widening gap between have and have not's in society. Some of the majorcauses for increasing inequality are use of traditional methods for practicing agriculture, growing population, lack of education, lack of employment opportunities, unequal distribution of land and other assets and disguised employment. All these factors are linked to each other in one way or the other. Firstly, growing population can lead to unavailability of land which is considered to be the main factor of production. This further leads to creation of a vicious cycle where growing illiteracy can give rise to many other social problems like unemployment, gender inequalities etc. Hence, investment in human resources can help alleviating poverty toa great extent. Human Resource is the greatest asset for anynation, and there exists a direct relation between increasing standards of living of its people and its GDP.
Undoubtedly, its effects on the economy has been detrimental.The nexus between poverty, unemployment and illiteracy have had detrimental effect on the development of the country. Some of the visible effects are increase in crime rate, widespreadmalnutrition and low standards of living of the people. The need of the hour is to eliminate poverty from its roots for sustainable growth of the economy. Several steps which can be taken to grapple with ill effects of poverty which include aiming at social equality through fair distribution of wealth, investment in education both traditional and vocational, ensuring increased agricultural output through improved irrigation system and creation of employment opportunities.
OurBetterIndia will play an instrumental role in helping alleviating poverty by providing them with an appropriate impetus by following means: Firstly, by distributing things of basic necessities like old clothes, books and toys among the unprivileged. Secondly, a project has been initiated for provision of free meals to the needy to tackle with the problem of hunger. Thirdly, by providing them quality education and giving them necessary exposure by conducting regular interactive sessions and seminars. Fourthly, by initiating several self development projects to make them realize their potentials and to boost their confidence. Fifthly, bringing about some of the best livelihood, employment and empowerment programs to help poverty stricken individuals. The organization basically aims at investing its resources on two important sectors namely health and education. Hence, it can be said that organization plays a vital role in nurturing the unprivileged sections of society who cannot afford even a one day meal. Also, its emphasis on education and skill development programs that cannot be underestimated.
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