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EVEN AFTER 62 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE, MORE THAN 50% INDIANS LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE

poverty-1August marks the month when as a nation, we celebrate Independence. It’s also a time to list the challenges facing the nation, which are numerous and huge, but manageable if tackled with dedication and determination. Of the major challenges before the nation, one is acute poverty. Just this year, a government panel has confirmed that more than 50% of the nation’s population lives below poverty line. NMTV News spotted the poor that represent this section sitting on a street in the posh locales of Navi Mumbai. Our weekend special underlines the need to identify poverty as a major challenge that calls for the focussed attention of as the nation celebrated another Independence Day. Children with signs of acute malnutrition – adults surviving by begging everyday – these aren’t images from any rural part of the country but from the heart of a city that represents that India, which has been credited to be one of the fastest growing economies of the world. These citizens represent a mind boggling fiscal challenge for the nation – for they constitute more than 50% of the nation’s population that comes under

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