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Poverty in Urban and Rural India

Sl. No.

Poverty in Urban India

Poverty in Rural India

1.

Ram Saran is 33 years old in Jharkhand.

Lakha Singh belongs to a small village in Uttar Pradesh.

2.

He is a daily-wage labourer in a wheat flour mill

He is landless and does odd jobs for the big farmers

3.

He earn around Rs 1,500 a month

He only earns Rs. 50 a day, for the hard work he does

4.

Sometimes he is without employment

Often he is without employment

5.

There are 6 members in his family, he , his wife and four children. They all live in a one-room rented house in a crowded slum in the outskirts of the city.

There are 8 members in his family, he , his mother , his wife and five children. They all live in a hut on the outskirts of the village.

6.

His wife works as a maid and earns Rs. 800 a month

The women in the family chop fodder and collect firewood in the fields.

7.

His eldest son , aged 12, works in a tea-shop and earns Rs. 300 a month

Sometimes Lakha Singh’s is paid in kind for his work, that is , he is given wheat or dal Or vegetables instead of money, for his work

8.

Ram Saran sends a little money to his aged parents living in the village

Lakha Singh’s father passed away due to lack of health care

9.

Ram Saran’s children do not go to school

Lakha Singh’s children do not go to school

10.

With the total earnings of the 3 members Ram Saran’s family can only have 2 bare minimum meals a day

With the l earnings of Lakha Singh, his family can only have 2 bare minimum meals a day

11.

Clothes and other things are a luxury they cannot afford.

Even soap and oil are a luxury for the family.

12.

Health care is unknown to them

Health care is unknown to them


The lives of Ram Saran and Lakha Singh show us a clear picture of what poverty is.

 

 


 

The above chart does not paint a pretty picture. Naturally no one likes to be poor.

Lifting the crores of people out of the depths of poverty is India’s biggest challenge.
 

Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian Nation, always insisted that India would be truly independent only when the poorest of its people become free of human suffering.

 





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