Does India’s Poverty-Line Estimation Consider Human Dignity?
Who’s poor in India, according to the government? Anyone who lives in a city and earns more than 32 rupees – or less than half a U.S. dollar – a day is above the poverty line. For those who live in a village, the benchmark is 26 rupees a day. In other words, you may go broke after buying a litre of milk a day, but you are not “poor.”
The video above explains the basis on which the Indian government arrived at this conclusion.
Jessica Goel is a Multimedia Producer with StoriesAsia and a graduate from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. When she isn’t telling stories, she likes to make illustrating artwork.