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Explain how the pandemic has worsened India’s poverty crisis.

Topic: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1. Explain how the pandemic has worsened India’s poverty crisis. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The article explains as to how the pandemic has worsened India’s poverty crisis.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain how the pandemic has worsened India’s poverty crisis.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with some key data justifying your understanding of the question.

Body:

Estimates show that around 150-199 million additional people will fall into poverty this year. It means an overall increase in poverty by 15-20 per cent, making around half of the country’s population poor.

Discuss the key factors that have pushed people into poverty. Lockdown, economic crisis, loss of demand, disruption of supplies etc.

Suggest what needs to be done to overcome it; improvement in effectiveness and efficiency in governance, Changes in consumption patterns of food, energy and water, Global collaboration for climate action, Additional investments in Covid-19 recovery, Need for improved broadband access and technology innovation etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions.