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100 Million More Indians Now Living In Poverty

April 21, 2010

NEW DELHI: India now has 100 million more people living below the poverty line than in 2004, according to official estimates released on Sunday.

The poverty rate has risen to 37.2 percent of the population from 27.5 percent in 2004, a change that will require the Congress-ruled government to spend more money on the poor.

The new estimate comes weeks after Sonia Gandhi, head of the Congress party, asked the government to revise a Food Security Bill to include more women, children and destitutes.

“The Planning Commission has accepted the report on poverty figures,” Abhijit Sen, a member of the Planning Commission told Reuters, referring to the new poverty estimate report submitted by a government panel last December.

India now has 410 million people living below the U.N. estimated poverty line of $1.25 a day, 100 million more than was estimated earlier, officials said.

India calculates how much of its population is living below the poverty line by checking whether families can afford one square meal a day that meets minimum nutrition needs.

It was not immediately clear how much more the federal government would have to spend on the poor, as that would depend on the Food Security Bill when it is presented to the government after the necessary changes, officials say.

India’s Planning Commission will meet the food and expenditure secretaries next week to estimate the cost aspects of the bill, government officials said.

A third of the world’s poor are believed to be in India, living on less than $2 per day, worse than in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, experts say.

The government spends only 1 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on healthcare facilities, forcing millions to struggle to get medicines, Oxfam and 62 other agencies said in a report called: “Your Money or Your Life” last year.

While India’s economy is slowly recovering from a global recession with a GDP growth of 7.2 percent, millions of poor in rural India are finding it difficult to cope with around 17 percent food price inflation.

The Economic Time

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23 comments

  1. Unfortunately these slums in mumbai have more 80% muslims.Muslims have worst living conditions in so many parts of India especially west bengal,bihar,eastern up,maharashtra and rajasthan.According to sacchar commision muslims r in worst of the condition economically and educationally.


    • WHY ARE THE MUSLIMS IN INDIA POOR?

      ANS: During partition,all non muslims were kicked out of islamic pakistan or killed. wheras india could not do it to the same extent since it was secular in ideoligy. Hence the Muslims who were rich went to pakisan while those who were poor stayed behind. Hence India got the poor people and pakistan got the rich ones(compared to indians). Now some Indian indian muslims are so rich thanks to indian growth that they have more money than all pakistanis combined. eg: Azim Premji


      • @nik,
        absolutely exaggerated, misleading
        propaganda, during end july 1947 till
        end august 1947 hindu extremists & sikhs
        had killed 500.000 from bengal to Amritsar, my family comes from Amritsar,
        what happened in Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Ludhiana, jalaundhar, batinda etc?
        muslims were driven out of their acestral
        houses, properties & business, WHAT A
        SHAMEFULL COWDUNG BULLSHIT SAYING INDIA BEING (HINDU) SECULAR ” COULD’NT DRIVE OUT MUSLIMS ETC TOTAL RUBBISH ! HA HA HA
        8 trains arriving Lahore in complete blood pool & butchered dead bodies. Ferozpur, attari etc, Similarly muslims
        coming from UP Bengal would tell u the same atrocities by Hindu Sikhs.
        YOUR SO CALLED ANSWER IS NOTHING BUT A
        CLOWN’S FAILED JOKE, BULLSHIT ! COWARD LIARS !


      • @Nik

        lol lol

        If india has such high growth why is the world record for the longest queue of a bathroom set by india 😀 😀

        http://breakingnews.gaeatimes.com/2010/03/20/worlds-longest-toilet-queue-created-in-bhopal-16826/

        lol lol lol lol lol

        Go and get ur facts straightened out first before coming up here and making urself look like a complete fool.


    • 9/11….was the work of Israeli Jews and Indian Hindus together to destabilise America’s internal economies to further their dirty aims, resulting in Israel taking over on the territories with Indian extremist Hindus inside America’s main financial hubs the Wall Street and so, and later to take on the Mid and Far East regions. Americans should realise this fact and deal with both accordingly?

      Actual targets of extremist Israelis and Hindus are Pak & USA states. Right now Indian Hindus are gaining unprecedented influence in UK and USA.

      It is beyond one’s understandings to comprehend; how both UK and USA are going out of their ways to promote, accommodate and to establish Indian Hindus in their systems and societies, while sidelined Paks and Arabs as if both just don’t exist? What India has that Pakistan and the Arabs lack? An answer to this can only be that India is a complicit crime partner of the west in the genocides of Muslims.

      In 1947 Muslims lost lands that Islamic world and the Mogul Empire built over the centuries creating India out of baron lands in Far East. British Christians and Indian Hindus collaboratively committed untold hyenas’ crimes against Muslims, grabbing the country and getting rid of main Muslim populations. The violence and the genocide of Muslims went on spreading over a century.

      The genocide of Muslims took place in India on a massive scale by the British and Hindus together to destroy the last remnants of Moguls and the others. The plans drawn by the extremist Hindus against their Muslim rulers were fully helped and backed by the British Christians known as; “The Common Thieves”.

      From early 19th century to now the eastern region suffered destructions and setbacks, mainly causing Muslims immense amount of damages and losses.
      The maps drawn by going out British created two separate states with no equilibrium balances of divisions among the two fundamentally different nations.

      The ratios and the radios of both states worked out vastly in the favours of Hindus by breaking up Muslim populations into many separate smaller portions; West Pakistan, East Pakistan, All Kashmir, Assam and India, whilst leaving Hindu population well in tacked on 80% of the land masses and well in the control of everything in newly formed British raj’s slave state India.

      In history of Pakistan’s recent years, its fundamental enemies the axis of evils brought in the “Boarder-Bound War” to break up areas of Pakistan further into much smaller areas on the local resource basis, i.e., Baluchistan and Northern areas. The war with Cold start waged on Pakistan with strategies of high levels of effective offenses, mostly never been tried before this, are well in place for furthering the region into the era that might not see an end for a long time.

      A term “War on Terror” is in fact “Muslim/s Pacific, Tagging Muslims as Terrorists to gain further help to break down larger Muslim populations into many smaller segments and sections and into many smaller parts and divisions with total disconnections among.

      And so both the Muslims and the whole of the Islamic world were plunged into this dirty war only so the extremist terrorists; the west, the Israeli Jews and the Indian Hindus can feel safe and secure with their rules, terms and conditions implimented on Muslims and their ideologies and stands?

      The big question now is this;
      HOW LONG WILL MUSLIMS TAKE TO WAKE UP AND DO WHAT IS REQUIERED TO COUNTER AND BECOME PROACTIVE TO RECLAIME WHAT WE HAVE LOST?


  2. Okay. I am a staunch Pakistani Patriot but I am sick of this rhetoric. This attitude of finding faults with India is too childish and immature mannerism. Pakistan has a lot of problems and we know it.

    As a Pakistani, I think if we solve our own problems and make our country look better and become better, we wouldn’t have to rely on this kind of behavior and we would then care more about the betterment of Pakistan rather than getting satisfaction in ourselves by writting bad about India.

    every now and then, I see an article mocking India. Okay if there is a real need, when Indians blame Pakistanis, okay fine, refute it but you know showing these domestic problems internal to Indian is a way too more.

    I hope my message gets across in real spirit.


    • @patriotic,

      I fully agree with u however these r facts and should be known by all.


      • @patriotic,
        I am afraid no, ur pacifist message does
        not get across my spirits, unlike u, my
        family comes from East Punjab, perhaps u
        are from pindi, sialkot, sahiwal ? you cannot understand. My mami ji with her son, my cousin, were burnt alive in a mosque set on fire by sikh in the fucking
        holy city of AMRITSAR, thousands of those old parents are still alive to witness the inhuman genocide of muslims by
        Hindu extremist & their hired Sikh killers
        TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE INDIAN MANTALITY. I DISCOVERED ONLY LAST 8 YEARS THAT INDIAN
        PROPOGANDA TRIES TO EFFACE THE DARK SIDE OF HINDU CRIMES DURING TAQSEEM,& BLAMES IT ON MUSLIMS. I WILL KEEP ON REMINDING THE WORLD ABOUT INDIAN ATROCITIES &
        GENOCIDE COMITTED DURING 1947 & IN KASHMIR
        TILL MY LAST BREATH.


      • Mu-Salman Khan from india

        I respect you for writing this unbiased comment. I agree if it is vewed from Muslim perspective, yes, if PKKH brings forth this injustice with Muslims, I am with it fully.


      • @RK,

        I completely agree with you.
        For some,creation of Pakistan,was just a change of flag at midnight.

        Moreover,our history books also have failed to explain,to the new generation,the Two Nation theory,which necessitated the creation of Pakistan.One scholar had rightly said that we should compare ourselves with Israel,the only other country created on the basis of religion.
        Israel is holding on fast to its past so much that if Ahmedinajad says,holocaust never happened,a storm is created.

        The basic reason is that,after independence,the people who came to power,till today,are those,for whom a poet has rightly said:
        MANZIL UNHEN MILI JO SHAREEK-E-SAFAR NA THAY.

        Afterwords,Bollywood has done it all.


  3. Look at the superpower of ignorance and slums India what a shame. On one hand india is internally a stinky slum and externally the are the same stinky slum as they have dispute with every nation in this region. It is appaling to see that Indian Minister Krishna giving statements on pakistan, iran and other countries in the region like america considering itself a superpower and policeman of the region. Krishna said pakistan has to do lot more on terrorism – which terrorism?? RAW, Blackwater, Mossad sponsored terrorism coming from Afghanistan and India itself. Our General Kayani should issue a statement telling these indian slum ministers to hold their tongue and they are not the policeman of this region as our politicians have no balls to talk about it – who has given the india that authority over china, pakistan, iran and other countries of the region that their minister issuing statements on these countries internal affairs. There should be a stern reaction from these countries to put this slumber india on its place. Their agent ANP, Haji Adeel also issued a statement that his hero is Raja Dahir and not Mohammad Bin Qasim – this idiot adeel has no knowledge of history and should be sent to india if his hero is Raja Dahir. Adeel for your information Raja Dahir was a pirate who looted a ship which he would not return and kept the women, children hostage and Mohammad Bin Qasim came to protect and free them. Why the people of Multan were making statue of Mohammad bin Qasim you idiot because he got rid of this pirate and theif Raja Dahir’s injustice. By the way what do you think of Sultan Mahmood Ghaznavi, Ghauri and Mughals they came from your part of world and certainly they were our heroes what were they for you?? The Army and our Supreme court should look into this idiot Adeel statements and tell him to keep his lie speaking mouth shut.


    • Muhammad Bin Qasim,Ghauri,Ghaznawi and Aurangzed r our heroes of this part of world.We love them and curse of ALLAH and his angels be on haji adeel of ANP.Live here in India as we r living n then only u will realize what slavery(BTW unfortunately muslims of India do not realize that they r slaves)cuz hindus r very soft when they talk but have got heart filled with poison.


      • “cuz hindus r very soft when they talk but have got heart filled with poison.”

        I wonder what Danish Kaneria has to say about that?


      • Danish Kaneria had freedom to marry a girl of the same religion but how about Irfan Pathan?


  4. Lets look at reality:

    UN Report says:
    http://www.undispatch.com/node/7710

    POverty in india is reducing drastically while that in pakistan is increasing rapidly.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_india

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_pakistan

    INDIA TAKES GAINT LEAPES IN REDUCING POVERTY WHILE PAK IS STILL IN STONE AGE – BBC NEWS
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8573300.stm


    • Nik your brainless sick the comparison of india should be done with america after all that’s what you think you are a superpower like america. But are you? Of course not after all the drum beating of america and you mian mithu claiming it to be superpower, india is a slumber. Of course pakistan is not a rich country and it is not claiming to have reduced the poverty either. The biggest problem we have at the moment is that your terrorist country is sending terrorists who are doing bomb blasts in our peaceful cuntry and trying to bring it economically down and also your terrorist country is stealing our water. And don’t you show us what the UNO saying as an evidence of our poverty increase we abide by what UNO says its your superpower of ignorance and terrorist country who is not paying the attention to UNO resolutions on kashmir. Understand Nik the sick.


      • @ 100 % agree with civilian,
        It is indeed shocking to see how Indian Planning Commission’s report to UNO is
        modified & made up with some lipstick, powder, maskara & Indians add some spices in it, et voila ! this is how India is
        patronized with ” sab Achha he ” slogan.
        It is not very good for Pakistan to have
        poverty-stricken India as neighbours, what will happen if those Indian poors come at our doors in thousands ? There are now 700 millions living below the poverty line of UNO, and is not a joke.
        About wikipedia stuff, every Indian can
        bullshit what ever they want.
        As for BBC, is like an aged ” Naikah ” of a brothel still trying to seduce India by all her wrinkled dying skin & dentures.


    • @nik/sal/ask jeeves
      Firstly get over ur wikipedia obsession!

      Secondly World bank recently said that poor in India are increasing, 50% of world’s poor people are in India. There are more cell phones in India than toilets!

      Pakistan is in a state of war which has cost Pakistan billions, Pak had earthquake which cost it billions as well due to destructions, Pak had over 2.5 million displaced! With all this happening our economy would be fragile! But if all this happened in India 95% of the world’s poor would have been in India!


  5. @ Indian poverty is risen to 37.5 % and her
    defence Budget to also 37.8 billion US$


  6. THERE ARE IN FACT 600 MILLION INDIANS LIVING BELOW POVERTY LINE THEY SHALL OVER THROW THE GOVERNMENT AND INDIA SHALL BECOME A COMMUNIST COUNTRY WHICH SHALL EVENTUALLY INFLUENCE PAKISTANIS AS WELL TO ADOPT SOCIALISTIC ECONOMY .HOWEVER PAKISTAN DOES NOT REALISE RIGHT NOW THAT SOCIALISM IS IN ITS FAVOUR WHICH SHALL ROOT OUT ALL THE EVIL FROM THE WORLD.SOCIALISM SHALL ROOT OUT EVIL FROM THE PAKISTANI RULING CLASS WHO ARE EXTREMELY FOOLISH AND CRUEL LIKE THEIR INDIAN COUNTER PARTS.


    • It’s time that Pak Afghan policy is formed on complete new lines in order to get India out of Afghanistan.

      Terrorist India in a longer run will harm American agendas in the region and before it reaches to that stage Pakistan, America and Afghanistan should seek to disintegrate India as a state A/S/A/P.

      Terrorist India is holding on to bulk of population in India and minting on their miserable and poverty stricken lives for handful extremist and terrorist Brahman Hindus and for their dirty gains.

      Just as the terrorist India was put on the maps in 1947, time to take down terrorist India from the maps in 2010!!!!


  7. Capital suggestion
    By Dr Farrukh Saleem

    Here’s what is happening in India :
    The two Ambani brothers can buy 100 percent of every company listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and would still be left with $30 billion to spare. The four richest Indians can buy up all goods and services produced over a year by 169 million Pakistanis and still be left with $60 billion to spare. The four richest Indians are now richer than the forty richest Chinese.
    In November, Bombay Stock Exchange’s benchmark Sensex flirted with 20,000 points. As a consequence, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries became a $100 billion company (the entire KSE is capitalized at $65 billion). Mukesh owns 48 percent of Reliance.
    In November, comes Neeta’s birthday. Neeta turned forty-four three weeks ago. Look what she got from her husband as her birthday present: A sixty-million dollar jet with a custom fitted master bedroom, bathroom with mood lighting, a sky bar, entertainment cabins, satellite television, wireless communication and a separate cabin with game consoles. Neeta is Mukesh Ambani’s wife, and Mukesh is not India ‘s richest but the second richest.

    Mukesh is now building his new home, Residence Antillia (after a mythical, phantom island somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean ). At a cost of $1 billion this would be the most expensive home on the face of the planet. At 173 meters tall Mukesh’s new family residence, for a family of six, will be the equivalent of a 60-storeyed building. The first six floors are reserved for parking. The seventh floor is for car servicing and maintenance. The eighth floor houses a mini-theatre. Then there’s a health club, a gym and a swimming pool. Two floors are reserved for Ambani family’s guests. Four floors above the guest floors are family floors all with a superb view of the Arabian Sea . On top of everything are three helipads. A staff of 600 is expected to care for the family and their family home.
    In 2004, India became the 3rd most attractive foreign direct investment destination. .. Pakistan wasn’t even in the top 25 countries.
    In 2004, the United Nations, the representative body of 192 sovereign member states, had requested the Election Commission of India to assist the UN in the holding elections in Al Jumhuriyah al Iraqiyah and Dowlat-e Eslami-ye Afghanestan. . Why the Election Commission of India and not the Election Commission of Pakistan? After all, Islamabad is closer to Kabul than is Delhi .
    Imagine, 12 percent of all American scientists are of Indian origin; 38 percent of doctors in America are Indian; 36 percent of NASA scientists are Indians; 34 percent of Microsoft employees are Indians; and 28 percent of IBM employees are Indians.
    For the record: Sabeer Bhatia created and founded Hotmail… Sun Microsystems was founded by Vinod Khosla. The Intel Pentium processor, that runs 90 percent of all computers, was fathered by Vinod Dham. Rajiv Gupta co-invented Hewlett Packard’s E-speak project. Four out often Silicon Valley start-ups are run by Indians. Bollywood produces 800 movies per year and six Indian ladies have won Miss Universe/Miss World titles over the past 10 years.
    For the record: Azim Premji, the richest Muslim entrepreneur on the face of the planet, was born in Bombay and now lives in Bangalore.India now has more than three dozen billionaires; Pakistan has none (not a single dollar billionaire) .
    The other amazing aspect is the rapid pace at which India is creating wealth. In 2002, Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh and Anil Ambani’s father, left his two sons a fortune worth $2.8 billion. In 2007, their combined wealth stood at $94 billion.. On 29 October 2007, as a result of the stock market rally and the appreciation of the Indian rupee, Mukesh became the richest person in the world, with net worth climbing to US$63.2 billion (Bill Gates, the richest American, stands at around $56 billion). Indians and Pakistanis have the same Y-chromosome haplogroup. We have the same genetic sequence and the same genetic marker (namely: M124).
    We have the same DNA molecule, the same DNA sequence. Our culture, our traditions and our cuisine are all the same. We watch the same movies and sing the same songs.
    What is it that Indians have and we don’t?
    INDIANS ELECT THEIR LEADERS!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!
    And also to mention: They think of Construction of own nation, unlike other nations who are just concerned with destruction of others…

    Simple answer why the Indian fare better than the Pakistani’.. They don’t focus on religion and neither do they spend time and money in devising ways to kill their own and everyone else over religion.


  8. By 2012, all endians will be living as slaves in the United States of Pakistan.

    But they should’nt worry, we will take care of the minorities.



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