• Niharika Aneja

URBAN POVERTY IN INDIA


Urban poverty in India is over 25 percent, almost 81 million people live below the poverty line in Indian urban areas. In the next decade urbanization in India is set to reach 50 per cent and urban poverty is likely to increase along with the urbanization.


There are sustainable goals for developing nations such as India, in order to attain the local and global developmental goals. What is necessary here is to pay attention to urban poor as they are more likely to suffer from poverty nowadays. But most of the developmental initiatives are focused on rural areas based on the primary idea of rural areas. Cities are not majorly seen as places where people need development opportunities. While basic needs such as shelter, ration, electricity, water and sewerage are the matters of struggle for urban poor’s.


As India is developing and urbanization is increasing, so are increasing the slum areas. Although considered a persisting problem, slums weren’t just born overnight. They are a product of decades, even centuries of neglect and lack of development planning.

Successful urbanization takes time, but life in the slums will only improve when its residents’ living situations are upgraded or bettered on a basic level. That’s why one of our key programs in India consists in rehabilitating and upgrading slums: building safe and decent homes for the millions of socially excluded families in India’s big cities.


Rehabilitation can ensure that urban poor’s have access to clean water, electricity, better jobs, and a permanent shelter. Land rights are indeed a hot topic for most slum residents, who are at constant risk of eviction. This causes further extreme poverty and instability in the country.

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