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West Bengal CM’s Rs 1,000 monthly allowance and free housing scheme for Brahmin priests follows the age-old tradition of appeasing Brahmins.
The pandemic disrupted local, regional and national supply chains, adding to the impacts of the country’s food waste problem.
Around 273 million people were lifted out of multidimensional poverty in India, the study by Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative with United Nations Development Programme has noted.
For two decades, I had maintained that unlike the developed West, India should not be overly concerned about inequalities because our economy was in the growth phase.
In terms of where poverty is located, it is likely to increase dramatically in middle-income countries in Asia, such as India, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines.
At least 49 million people across the world are expected to plunge into ‘extreme poverty’ – some 12 million of them in India – this year.
A UN study said the pandemic may accelerate digitalisation and automation, which would not only aggravate income inequality but eliminate many existing jobs.
Covid-19 has exposed the vulnerability of people in countries like India, Nigeria and Indonesia among others, who have only recently been able to escape poverty.
The United Nations report estimated that around 42-66 million children could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the crisis due to coronavirus this year.
The act of feeding is a conscience cleaner, a hand wash that also kills hopes of the poor wanting anything more than food. These are old models of charity.