Poverty, unemployment & rising economic inequality demon-like challenges: RSS

New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale has expressed concerns over the ever-increasing income inequality, unemployment and poverty as "demon-like challenges" which have to be ended.

Hosabale said that in the last 75 years, India has made remarkable achievements in many fields, but the amount of poverty-stricken, unemployment rate and income inequality in the country still remains a challenge like "demons" and it is very important to end it.

Speaking in the webinar 'Swavalamban Ka Shankhnaad' organised by the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, a Sangh affiliate, on Sunday under Swavalambi Bharat Abhiyan, Hosabale said that even today 200 million people in the country are below poverty line. The per capita income of 23 crore people of the country is less than Rs 375.

He further said that the unemployment rate in the country is 7.6 per cent and four crore people are unemployed. Describing the unemployment situation in both rural and urban areas of the country as alarming, the senior Sangh leader said that 22 crore people are unemployed in the rural areas while 18 crore people are unemployed in the urban areas.

Referring to India's rapid economic progress, Hosabale said that India has become one of the six big countries with the largest economies of the world, but the ever-increasing economic inequality in the country remains a big challenge even today.

He said that the top one per cent of India's population has one fifth of the nation's income. And at the same time, the country's 50 per cent population gets only 13 per cent of the total income.

The union leader blamed the wrong economic and education policies of the previous governments for the condition of the country, and said that the present Narendra Modi government at the Centre has done a good job to improve the situation.

"Ten years ago, 22 per cent of the people were below the poverty line, which is now only 18 per cent. The per capita income of the people has also increased in the last ten years and the new National Education Policy can also help in eradicating poverty in the coming years," he said.

However, along with this, he still stressed the need to do a lot, saying that for a self-reliant and self-sustaining India, work will have to be done on many fronts. Along with the government, the society and the industrialists of the country also have to come forward. Instead of looking for a job, the younger generation will also have to become a source for creating jobs by adopting the path of self-employment. There is a need to inculcate a sense of respect for labour in the society and also change the mindset of the people. To make India a prosperous country, everyone has to work together on many fronts, he said.




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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Mon, Oct 03 2022

    Hosabaleji...why are you saying and to whom? You and your government is at the helm of affairs. Poverty and unemployment are not the 'demons'' :) ;). Thank God you acknowledged the work done by congress in 70 years.

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  • Observer, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 03 2022

    The element which is the mother of all problems expressing concern :D.... Ban all those anti social elements responsible for the worst situation.

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  • Gibbs, Udupi/Bengaluru

    Mon, Oct 03 2022

    Hosabale Ji, Rising poverty, unemployment and economic inequality has been created by your Government and RSS think tank. What have you done to ECONOMY??? INTROSPECT!!! I firmly believe Sangh and the Government is responsible as Higher Society of yours neglected lower class Hindus and the Major Contracts to your close associates like Ambanis, Adanis etc. Lower and medium shop keepers lost business due to your policies and their families in dire consequences!!! Millions of labourers, construction workers, technicians and all other categories of people are jobless and begging for food!!! Whereas MODI GOVERNMENT is enjoying Royal Life!!!!!! What is happening in India is CRORES OF HINDU brothers are in hunger than other communities!!! I don't think God or anyone forgive for the ECONOMIC MESS CREATED BY YOUR SANGH, PARTY & GOVERNMENT.

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalire

    Mon, Oct 03 2022

    Since UPA’s ground breaking economic reforms in 1992 till 2014 india was No.2 in economic growth in the world. GDP was 25% and growing, unemployment was at record low and businesses were booming, FDI was flowing in like Holy Ganges river and foreign Indian origin MNC CEOs were relocating themselves to India. Even during 2008 economic melt down India was the only country in the world doing exceptionally well economically so all the countries of the world started investing in India. Now people are running out of India by hook or crook seeing no future in this BJP ruled country. One by one MNCs are winding up thier businesses and moving out. So much so all BJP ruled states are moving into non-BJP states to do business. So everything went the opposite way after 2014. Sadly now no country in the world wants to invest in India because of anti business sentiments in the country and lack of law and order situation, no stability and no certainty. Who wants to risk now thier money by investing in India. Even China and Pakistan might hesitate to occupy india in this fake cow land of blind dummies.

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