06 May, 2021

Garibi Hatao, Now Out Of Silos

No more top-down, India’s official fight against poverty now speaks a new global language to address local issues

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Garibi Hatao, Now Out Of Silos

Women will now play a central role in the poverty eradication pro­gr­a­­mme. Moving away from the long-­debated mapping of poverty based on para­meters of income alone, a new app­roach is being adopted under the Centre’s flagship poverty-eradication prog­ramme, Mission Antyodaya. The aim is to use the resources of ongoing government programmes through a new saturation approach to meet the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for eliminating poverty by 2030.

Poverty will now be measured on the indices of social and gender equality, agricultural development, livelihood options, rural infrastructure such as power and roads, health and food security, education, skill-training and enterprise, housing, land ownership and access to bank credit, among others. “SDG covers all forms of poverty,” says Amarjeet Sinha, secretary, Department of Rural Development. “I can be poor if I don’t have access to housing, education or skills, or if I am malnourished or weak because of gender-based discrimination. As...

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