Urban Poverty

When we think of the poor India, somehow the thoughts drift to rural India rather than urban India. This perception is far from reality. Their income appears relatively high compared to their rural counterparts, but only on paper.

There are tens of lakhs of people in urban Hyderabad who struggle to cope with the many challenges of life and are disadvantaged. With shortage of space, high cost of accommodation, lack of hygienic surroundings, or proper environment, the urban poor suffer as much as rural poor. Not for lack of abilities but for lack of opportunities.

Importance of Effective Policies to Manage Urban Poverty

Many of the good things that happened in India, have happened in cities. Many social and medieval issues have been effectively broken in the cities. Cities provide an opportunity to remodel India based on good principles. Cities are central to inclusive growth of an economy. They improve the economic...
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Bill Gates A Full Time Philanthropist Wages a War On Polio

Mr. Gates has devised himself as a global-health ambassador after his retirement in 2008 from Microsoft. He is making use of his star power and $34 billion philanthropy (donation) to try to encourage businesses, health groups and governments to enhance health in developing countries. The shift on polio was...
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Indians Have More Access To Mobile Phones Than Toilets

India has more money to expend on luxuries than on essential requirements of life. A recent UN study has recognized that many people in India, world’s second most populous country, have more access to a mobile telephone than to a toilet. The study showed that, India has nearly 545...
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Major sources of Vulnerability, According to Poor

Lack of enough work or employment Lack of skills for alternate employment Lack of assets Economic risks Illness and disability Natural disasters Social position Excessive spending on social functions Indebtedness Domestic violence Source: Urban Poverty in India
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Urban Poor’s Access to Basic Services

Various studies show: 1.Urban poor are usually denied legal connections of basic services such as water, sewerage and electricity due to lack of security of tenure. 2.Most urban poor receive less than 40 litres per capita per day of water supply. 3.Illegal water connections often crudely done, leak and...
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Types of Vulnerability of the Poor

Economic Vulnerability: Irregular/casual employment, low paid work, lack of access to credit on reasonable terms, lack of access to formal safety net mechanisms, low ownership of productive assets, poor net worth, legal constraints to self – employment. Social Vulnerability: Low education, lack of skills, low social capital/cast status, inadequate...
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