Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/4/2014 (5 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Asian nation is home to one-third of worlds super poor

The world's largest Democracy, the nation of India remains mired in extreme poverty. Facts and figures fail to address the many issues in connection with the nation's almost insurmountable poverty. The Empowerment Line, developed by the McKinsey Global Institute, is pursuing methods in order to eradicate poverty. In order to find solutions for India's poverty, the institute calculated the cost for an Indian household to attain the basics and then compares these benchmarks to actual consumption data to measure needs that are going unmet. What the institute found flew in face of the common "wisdom" concerning the nation's poor.

One myth that needs dispelling about India's high rates of poverty is rising incomes are the key to a better quality of life. This observation is true only up to a point.

One myth that needs dispelling about India's high rates of poverty is rising incomes are the key to a better quality of life. This observation is true only up to a point.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/4/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: INdia, poverty, myths, spending poor, unmet needs


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The first myth that needed to be addressed was largely a statistical one.

The first myth, 1# was the figure that just 22 percent of Indians are poor. This figure only applies to those in the most abject circumstances. A casual observation of statistic there suggests even more widespread deprivation. According to the Empowerment Line, 56 percent of Indians, some 680 million, lack the means to meet their basic needs. Above the official poverty line, some 413 million are "vulnerable."

Help feed the poor and indigent -- by going here!

The second biggest misconception is that #2 Food is the biggest unmet need of India's poor. Hunger remains a daily fact of life. But health care, drinking water, and sanitation constitute 40 percent of the population's unmet needs by value. India's national debate on poverty tends to focus on calorie sufficiency rather than these critical services.

Here is something that may seem contradictory for accepted western wisdom. Myth #3: Rising incomes are the key to a better quality of life. This observation is true only up to a point. People in India who make more money can afford better housing, sanitation, drinking water, and fuel for cooking and lighting. Being able to spend more money is only one side of the equation. The poor also depend on community-level infrastructure such as schools and health-care networks.

Indians lack access to 46 percent of basic services. This number soars up to 59 percent for the most deprived districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Myth #4: Rising welfare budgets were the most important factor in past poverty reduction. India has been committing more resources to social welfare. Public spending for basic services rose by some 11 percent per year in real terms from 2005 to 2012, eventually reaching $118 billion. But about half of this spending did not translate into real benefits for the poor due to waste, corruption, or simple ineffectiveness.

Another bit of misconceived advice is that Myth #5: More subsidies and social transfers can eradicate poverty in the future. The additional consumption required to raise 680 million Indians to the standards of the Empowerment Line is equivalent to about four percent of GDP.

As India's new government takes the helm, the once-elusive goal of eliminating extreme poverty in India finally appears within the country's reach. As we see, this is no guarantee that Indian poor can attain a decent life.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Abortion as a contraceptive? The ugly truth of abortion in Vietnam Watch

Image of In Vietnam, estimates vary, but between 500,000 and 1 million abortions are carried out every year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A report from Vietnam's Hanoi Central Obstetrics Hospital has revealed that 40% of all pregnancies in Vietnam end in abortion, a figure that is twice as high as official government figures. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Behind China and Russia, Vietnam has ... continue reading


20 minors rescued in India child-trafficking bust Watch

Image of India has a large issue with child-trafficking, one that is often overlooked or even used by local officials.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A massive police crackdown on organized child trafficking has led to the arrest of 10 child traffickers and the rescue of 20 minors in India. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The raids were conducted jointly by police teams from the Indian states of Chhattisgarh ... continue reading


A prelude to war! Chinese island building project aimed to create military bases in South China Sea Watch

Image of China's ongoing project of building islands for military use in the South China Sea is seen by many as confrontational and preparation for war.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New satellite images are showing that China has begun constructing an island on a reef near the disputed Spratly Islands, which could be large enough to accommodate  an airstrip, its first in the South China Sea. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - That China ... continue reading


Faithful gather to celebrate 500 years of the Catholic Church in Myanmar Watch

Image of Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the Catholic Church there begins to celebrate its 500 years there, Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. According to a census conducted this year, Catholics number about 750,000 out of a population estimated at just over ... continue reading


China's icy heart? Has the Catholic Church warmed up the Asian superpower? Watch

Image of China has 12 million Catholics, but they are often split between support for the local state-run Church and the Vatican.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Relations between the Vatican and China have been frosty since the communist takeover in the 1950s, and the Holy See has found it very difficult to warm relations with the Asian superpower. But with an unprecedented proposal from China, all that could very well ... continue reading


Lessons not learned: 132 Indian women sterilized in five hours following tragedy Watch

Image of Senior officials in Ghuvara acknowledged that the family planning camp was organized by government authorities, but refused to speak on record.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The nation of India recently saw the deaths of 13 women, with as many as 50 women seriously injured after a hasty mass sterilization camp in Ghuvara in Chhatarpur district. Lessons were not learned, it appears, as another 132 women were reportedly operated upon ... continue reading


Two billion people drink water contaminated by feces Watch

Image of According to WHO, inadequate water supply and sanitation results in annual economic losses of $260 billion.

By Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nearly two billion people use water contaminated by feces, posing a global health risk despite billions of dollars spent on sanitation, said a report published on Wednesday. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One in seven people, mostly poor and living in ... continue reading


Five million people expected in Goa, India to venerate St. Francis Xavier Watch

Image of The saint, who died in 1552, has his remains preserved in a glass-paneled silver casket and kept inside the 16th-century Basilica of Bom Jesu (Good Jesus).

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Five million people are expected to flood Goa, India in order to venerate the remains of 16th century Spanish missionary Francis Xavier. The remains will be on display for 40 days beginning this weekend.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In order to ... continue reading


PHOTO: Baby born with four arms, four legs in India called 'God's baby' Watch

Image of The family understands the excitement and interest in their newest member.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A baby boy born with four arms and four legs is drawing crowds to Baruipur, a city in India's eastern West Bengal State. The child has been called "God Boy" by his parents as he resembles a Hindu deity with multiple arms and legs.  LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Eight reasons why North Korea's leaders should be tried for crimes against humanity Watch

Image of Kim Jong Un could face an international court, however the odds are very slim.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Telegraph has published a list of eight crimes for which North Korea and its leadership could be tried in international court. Although the odds of anyone from North Korea facing such justice are long, the world should be prepared because anything could happen in ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 14:14-19
14 Now in my vision I saw a white cloud and, sitting ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 96:10, 11-12, 13
10 Say among the nations, 'Yahweh is king.' The world ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:5-11
5 When some were talking about the Temple, remarking ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 25th, 2014 Image

St. Catherine of Alexandria
November 25: St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr whose feast day ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter