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"An essential condition to eradicate poverty is to liberate the poor from the process of deprivation". Substantiate this statement with suitable examples

 Poverty is described as inability of a person to realize certain minimum basic level of consumption. According to AmartyaSen ‘’ Poverty is caused by deprivation which result from the lack rather than low income itself.’’

The following are the various deprivation which if removed will itself eradicate poverty.-

  • Elementary education- It is regarded as greatest gift which can empower an individual. For example- If poor child is educated it will help him to secure job in a economy which require skilled workers. This will help his whole family to break the vicious cycle of poverty.
  • Health Care facilities-In India expenses on medical emergency can push many family back into poverty as we do not have Universal Health Insurance facility. If they are provided with adequate health care facility which can reduce out of pocket expenses it will reduce recurrence of poverty.
  • Water and Sanitation- A family which do not have access to quality water and sanitation facilities will be more prone to disease. If earning member is ill it way cause hunger and abject poverty in family.
  • Political power- If proper representation is not provided to poor it will deprive them of policy support like economic and social entitlements.

So, it is more important to work on causes of poverty rather than its symptoms for curing this disease of poverty.

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