Poverty and Hunger in India : a Socio Economic Analysis of Policies of Government

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“Poverty and hunger in India: A socio-economic analysis of policies of the government(s)”
Meril Mathew Joy
IIIrd Semester

“Poverty”has reduced but still remains a major concern for Nation. Poverty is not only the scarcity of resources, but is set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. “Hunger” and “Poverty” are powerful but familiar terms. Everyone knows what they mean, yet, they evoke different descriptions for everyone. Even major international organizations mandated to alleviate hunger and poverty use a variety of interpretations. The Hunger Project board member Mohini Giri said, “To me, hunger is rape,
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Since 1950s, Indian government has introduced various planning schemes to help the poor attain self sufficiency in at least the case of food. The most important initiative that has been taken was the supply of basic commodities, particularly food. Modern day society comprises two general classes:-
1. Those that have more food than appetite.
2. Those that have more appetite than food.
People falling under the second category are hungry people & remain hungry. Generally, the word “Hunger” has three meanings according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Food is like a moral right of all who are born into this world. Poverty is the principal cause of hunger. The hunger, about which we are talking here, is the scarcity of food in a country. If hunger is to be eliminated, poverty has to be dealt with simultaneously. The causes of poverty include poor people's lack of resources, an extremely unequal income distribution and conflict between specific countries and obviously, hunger itself. Hunger is primarily a problem of general poverty, and thus overall economic growth and its distributional pattern cannot but be important in solving the hunger problem. It is particularly critical to pay attention to employment opportunities, other ways of acquiring economic means, and also food prices, which influence people’s ability to

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