Write an article in 150-200 words on the topic, ‘Poverty is the cause of all evils’, to be published in the Young World of ‘The Hindu’, Chennai.
POVERTY IS THE CAUSE OF ALL EVILS
Poverty is a condition wherein a person is bereft of even the basic necessities of life and finds it extremely difficult to sustain himself. Even after 65 years of independence, India has not been able to do away with the problem of poverty. A large portion of its population is still struggling for survival.
Unemployment and poverty are two mutually exclusive yet co-related factors that have had an adverse effect on India’s growth. Poverty leads to criminal activities such as robbery, theft, burglary, etc. It is responsible for malnutrition and also gives rise to the issue of over-population. The government has launched various poverty alleviation programmes, but most of these have miserably failed in achieving their objective because of official bottlenecks and misappropriation of funds. Nonetheless, the success of programmes, such as NREGA, gives some hope, if proper implementation is guaranteed.
It is essential for the government to adopt effective measures to curb this issue. It must be ensured that the problem is given priority in all five-year plans. Development should not be confined to a small section of society. It should percolate down to the lowest levels in order to realize the dream of a developed India that can boast of inclusive growth.