RSS leader flagged poverty, lack of jobs, inequality India News – Times of India

New Delhi: RSS General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale Unemployment, poverty and economic inequality, which have challenged India as demons for decades, remain as problems despite the country’s emergence as the world’s sixth largest economy, it said on Sunday.
“India has made a positive effort to be self-reliant and the world community has accepted its initiative. Though the country has achieved success in the economic field in recent times, it needs to handle some issues urgently,” Hosabale said and added, “After nine days of Navratri, the way Maa Durga On the occasion of Vijayadashami, demons are slain, the country also needs to get rid of the demon-like challenges it has been facing for decades and one of them is poverty, which must be eradicated immediately. We have to overcome this challenge.”
The senior RSS functionary was speaking at a webinar organized by the RSS-affiliated Swadesh Jagran Manch (SJM) as part of its ongoing Swavalambi Bharat Abhiyan, an effort to develop entrepreneurial skills among youth.
Webinar was organized on the occasion of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Hosabale said that according to some figures, 200 million people are still below the poverty line, which is quite disappointing. “The daily income of 23 crore people is less than Rs 375. The labor force survey published in June indicated that there are four crore unemployed in the country and the unemployment rate is 7.6%,” said the RSS functionary.
He said that the situation has improved in the last few years, whereas 10 years back the poverty in the country was 22%, it is now 18%. “In 2020, the per capita income was Rs 1.35 lakh per annum, which has increased to Rs 1.5 lakh in 2022,” he said.
He, however, said the decades-long issues of unemployment and poverty are complex and another major issue the country should address is the prevalence of economic inequality.
“It is good that the country is ranked as the sixth largest economy in the world. But the top one percent of India’s population holds a fifth (20%) of the country’s income. At the same time, 50% of the country’s population has only 13% of the country’s income. We should think about this economic inequality,” Hosabale said.
Referring to the comments made by the United Nations on the state of poverty and development in India, Hosabale said, “The United Nations report on India says that a large part of the country still has access to clean water and nutritious food. Not there. Poverty is also a cause of stress in the society and poor level of education.”
He said that the government has implemented a new education policy and it should be expected that it will yield desired results.
“Decades of flawed policies resulted in mass migration from villages to cities. When villages became empty, life in cities became like hell. The present government has taken several initiatives to bring about a paradigm shift. However, as the challenges persist, initiatives need to be taken to create more awareness and consciousness,” Hosabale said.
He said that the “Self-reliant India” campaign launched under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi is a true tribute to leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.