Makayla Merlo Mrs. KernEnglish ? January 26 2018Poverty; India’s Struggle with a Growing Economy Imagine walking down the street, block by block seeing people sitting in a corner with piles of trash next to them, and sadness on there face. This is a normal thing in India considering that out of India’s 1.21 billion people, about a third of the population live below the poverty line (Biswas). India’s is one of the largest growing countries in population and technology. However, with all this growth and innovation it causes India’s government to put strict restrictions on the country economically, this is the main reason for India’s poverty and unequalness. The government controls the freedom to choose how to produce, sell, and use your own resources while respecting others’ rights to do the same. Government policies restrict people from becoming rich. This sounds insane, but it is true in many cases. The Indian government puts many restrictions on how you earn your money, how much you can earn, and what you spend it on. By putting all these restrictions, it is hard for Indian citizens to climb up the social class. The government is not letting the Indian citizens to expand and there are under great control economically. This issue through the government causes poverty as a whole, through economics, health, and social standings. India is seen as a superior country through is a large amount of growth technology over the years. The expansion of technology in India has boosted its economy and help for people and companies pay attention to the uprising country. However, the growth through technology seems to be all that the country cares about. According to an article found on Fortune, just launched a 1.5 million dollar fund with also raising taxes, to help with the countries start up economically (Reuters). Only 5% of India’s citizens make enough to afford this taxes that India is putting on them. India’s government seems to be spending more money on advancing there country than worrying about there citizens and helping them get on their feet. India’s government even cut their welfare fund for people in poverty. An article in CNN states “The new government, in its central budget presented earlier this year, cut back funding for welfare schemes. The states have a larger share from the tax pool and are now expected to use their own funds to maintain welfare at current levels, and the central government has no say on allocation.” The central government completely got rid of all whereabouts and help to people in poverty. The worst of it all is with India’s expansion you would believe that there would be more job opportunities for people. This is true, but the average wage a worker in India makes is 2.40 dollars per day (average of 6-8 hours per day.) Over 75% of India’s make an average of 78 dollars per month This wage is nowhere near enough to have a substantial life in India. Food consumption alone would take up 57% of a family in poverty’s budget. The Indian government needs to provide some help and support for there citizens. India is known for their amazing growth, however, they also are known for there filthy and unhealthiness throughout the country. Poverty leads to inadequate sanitation, clean drinking water facilities and an unsuited environment to people. India, compared to many other growing countries around the world faces the highest disease burden. A key reason behind the poor health in India is the low level of public investments and health facilities such as sanitation and waste management. Even when public health facilities are available, they are often of poor quality (Jain.) India’s government does not provide free healthcare for its people and health expenses there are very high. Health expenditures account for nearly one-sixth of India’s poverty burden. The high costs of healthcare also act as a deterrent for poor people in seeking treatment, leading to delays and aggravating health problems. For people stuck in poverty, it is nearly impossible for them to pay for health treatment. According to an article written by UNICEF, “about 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. Around 27 % – 28 % children in India are underweight and stunted,” (Nutrition, Survival…) India’s government wants to become successful and go, but how do they do this when the most of the next generation is becoming sick or dying? India’s government needs to step in and provide some type of system where everyone can get help. Health is one of their largest issues and this is all connected to poverty and the dirtiness of the country. Every night million of India’s sleep on the street or rural areas. These areas have little to no sanitation and have diseases lingering around them. India’s government needs to provide funds to help clean up areas and give their citizens health care. India, as a nation, is feeling an extreme turmoil socially, as their economy is growing at a striking pace. This pace leads the social “aspect” of the nation in an extremely negatively rate, that shows just one of the many contributors to this very impoverished society. There are many of these “social aspects” that can be seen throughout the nation. One of these facets is the social aspect that is involved in households across the struggling nation. This can be seen as an extremely vast and numerous problem due to the simple fact that an Indian news reporting site describes this “negative social aspect” in such a horrible way. According to Maps of India, “Household expenditure is considered to calculate the poverty count in India. In this purchasing power of people for buying food and buying capacity for some non-food items is calculated. Though the condition in cities is more or less the same but the rural welfare programs have really helped the people in rural India. These efforts resulted in decrease in the poverty in rural India at faster pace than their urban counterparts,” (Kaur). Another facet of this “household” issue is one that has been monetized and popularized through many other nations trying to bring this extremely serious facet of the household aspect out of view for help and funding to save the most important part of India that poverty has affected most – children. Again we see how large of a problem this is as another Indian Native reports so negatively due to the genuine need of help these children have. An article states, “A condition that puts a lot of children at risk for many of the issues listed in this section is poverty. Lack of access to basic requirements such as food, shelter and clothing are the underlying cause of poor child health, poor child nutrition, child labour, child marriage and various other issues. It widens the economic, social, cultural, and gender disparities already present in society. Poverty essentially threatens every child right: survival, development and protection,” (Children in Poverty.) The article continues to go on to explain how poverty affects everything in day life, especially to the lower class people. If India wants to become a strong united country they must get some of their citizens raised out of poverty. India’s growth in their economy is truly amazing however, the large amount of growth through the economy doesn’t let the citizens of India grow. India is full of poverty, street by street, it is everywhere and very unavoidable. India’s government constantly spends more money worrying about developing the country economically, rather than developing the people of the country. India’s government even cut welfare and rose taxes to be able to provide more money for their growth. This growth also leads to many health issues, especially to the lower classes. Poverty leads to inadequate sanitation, clean drinking water facilities and an unsuited environment to people. This causes India’s diseases to spread like a wildfire, and because of the expensive welfare it is very hard for lower class citizens to treat themselves. Poverty is a very widespread situation, but in India it affects mostly children. These children are India’s future so if they want to pursue in the filter they need to fund the lower classes. In conclusion, India’s growth economically is putting there countries citizens down into a deeper hole of poverty.