India on the verge of being called the ‘country of mass poverty’ after 45 years

According to a report issued by the UNDP, India dropped one spot to 131 among 189 countries in the 2020 human development Index.

Mass poverty back in India after 45 years

India is once again on a verge to be called a “country of mass poverty after 45 years. Using World Bank data, the Pew Research Center has estimated that the number of underprivileged people in India (with income of $2 per day or less in buying power parity) has doubled to 134 million from 60 million in just one year due to the pandemic induced recession.

According to a report issued by the UNDP, India dropped one spot to 131 among 189 countries in the 2020 human development Index. Human Development Index is the measure of a country’s education, health, and standards of living.

According to 2017 statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, India is ranked 1st in the world for open elimination, with over 344 million people without regular access to toilets in the country.

“Every sixth urban Indian citizen lives in slums unfit for human habitation. Slums are, in fact, so common that they are found in 60% of the Indian towns. Yet, slums dwellers are the most overlooked section of society. Six out of 10 slum dwellers live close
to unsanitary drains, and almost four of every ten do not get treated water.”

As of the 22nd of September 2021, 33,531,498 actives cases and 445,801 deaths were reported in India. India ranked 2nd in the world after the US in Coronavirus spread and death cases.

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