670 million Indians in rural areas live on Rs 33 per day

Lata Jain

On August 14, 1947, the first Prime Minister of Independent India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, delivered the famous speech, “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge…. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer.

It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity. The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye.” For sure, the intensity of many of these deprivations has been reduced, but to paraphrase one of Nehru’s favourite poets, Robert Frost, “India still has miles to go….”and miles to go before I sleep.

The below is the  economic and financial status of individual citizens with statistics and the responsibility of every Indian to break through.

A preliminary analysis reveals a grim picture of rural areas with three in four rural households earning less than Rs 5,000 per month and almost 90% of households having incomes of less than Rs 10,000 per month,” as per the findings of the Arjun Sengupta committee, 2007, which identified 77% of India’s population as poor.

More than half of rural households depend on manual labour for livelihood, and 75% of the rural population, or 133.5 million families, earn less than Rs 5,000 per month.

More than 70 million rural households face some form of exclusion, either from assets or socio-economic benefits, according to data released by the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) survey last week. As many as 833 million Indians, or 69% of the population, live in rural areas.

  • 75% of rural households in India have a monthly income of less than Rs 5,000 ($79)
  • 51% of households make a living from manual labour
  • 28% (over 50 million) of households do not have mobile phones or any form of communication

More than 70 million rural households face some form of exclusion, either from assets or socio-economic benefits, according to data released by the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) survey last week. As many as 833 million Indians, or 69% of the population, live in rural area.

Although it is not meant to be a comparison of poverty estimates, the SECC data reveals that about 670 million Indians in rural areas alone live on Rs 33 per day (75% of rural households is around 134,373,569 households; five members per household gives us a total of 671,867,845 people).

Poverty and a low standard of living are reflected in asset ownership. While 71% of village households have mobile phones, refrigerators and motor vehicles are not very common in rural households.

The education levels are no great though. Poverty and a low standard of living are reflected in asset ownership. While 71% of village households have mobile phones, refrigerators and motor vehicles are not very common in rural households.

India Spend recently reported how rural India has more illiterate people than the population of Indonesia. With 74% of families living on less than Rs 5,000 a month, this will not change immediately, which in turn will keep economic standards depressed

India Spend recently reported how rural India has more illiterate people than the population of Indonesia. With 74% of families living on less than Rs 5,000 a month, this will not change immediately, which in turn will keep economic standards depressed.

Rural India continues to be trapped in a vicious circle of poverty. A clue to the first step to break out of that cycle comes from what is called the graduation model, a global experiment that could become an anti-poverty guide for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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