International Day for Eradication of Poverty: Little efforts can make big differences

India is the fastest growing economy in the world, but extreme poverty remains a hindrance for India’s path of growth. Poverty is crueler than we think. It has many faces and has an ability to trap the entire country in a vicious cycle. India, despite all the wealth that we see, remains drowned in poverty. Poverty is a challenge which we must alleviate because it is dissolving a lot of human resource to sustain. According to a survey conducted by The World Bank, India accounts for one in three of the poor population worldwide. It also accounted for the largest number of people living below international poverty line in 2013, with 30% of its population earning under Rs.140 per day. International Day for Eradication of Poverty is celebrated to acknowledge the struggles these people and make their voices heard by governments and ordinary citizens.

India's Poverty Profile
Image Credit: World Bank

Immediate consequences stemming from poverty include hunger, malnutrition and  vulnerability to diseases. Poverty also accounts for the increased rate of homeless people. It is an obstruction to economic growth and development of the nation. Driving people to desperation and willing to do pretty much anything to escape this prison, thereby the constant increase in crime rates. How is the country supposed to grow economically if its youth remain drowned in poverty?

There is an imperative need to take preventive measures before the situation gets out of hands. Following are some steps we can take to reduce poverty in India:

  • Don’t support begging, no matter how miserable the person looks, don’t give them money. Offer them food, medicine and clothing instead.
  • All of us have stuff we don’t need anymore but might be helpful to others. We can give those to the needy.
  • Alleviating poverty doesn’t mean just giving money. It also means providing with support to be able to do their work properly and live healthier lives. Give medicines to the househelp and staff, they might be the sole earner in the family.
  • Visit a local NGO and see if there is anything that you can do to help.

Organizations like The Ponty Chadha Foundation is on a mission to help make our society a better place to live. The foundation has so far managed to put forward many initiatives that help our country grow economically. It organises free diagnostic health camps regularly that have managed to make a huge difference in the lives of the rural population. It also organises food distribution camps of essential food products for the underprivileged communities. Through such initiatives, the foundation attempts to drive the community towards socio-economic development and a better quality life.

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