Post independence one of the most crucial problems that India has been facing is poverty. Poverty refers to a situation when people are deprived of the basic necessities of life like basic food, clothing, shelter.India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world but still the gap between the rich and the poor is huge. There are people in the country who don’t get two meals a day. Poverty is like a disease that has been spreading too fast and if proper measures are not taken to check it, it will continue being a threat to India’s progress.

According to Mahatma Gandhi “Poverty is the worst form of violence”. Poverty has many long term effects on the society. The problems caused by poverty are as follows;

Illiteracy-Even so many years after independence five out of ten people in India are uneducated. Poverty and illiteracy are like two sides of the same coin. The impact of illiteracy is indeed devastating. The underprivileged section of the society cannot provide basic education and schooling facilities to their children. The value of education cannot be underestimated as it adds to the development of the society.

Poor Health Conditions-One of the major reasons for poor health conditions among the needy people in India is their inability to afford proper medical treatment. The resources of the poor are very limited and that is very well reflected in their diet. They suffer from malnutrition and other severe health problems. Thus poverty leads to lack of proper medical facilities and health issues among the needy people.

Low Status of Women-The worst victims of poverty in India are women. Poverty affects women more than men. It results in gender inequality and greater health problems among women. The burden of domestic responsibilities also results in a psychological trauma among women. Female infanticide and dowry deaths are two of the most critical problems that the society continues to face even in this modern era.

Child Labour- Child labour and poverty is very closely linked to each other. Child labour is very common across the whole of India. Starting from roadside stalls to construction sites, one will see young boys and girls working everywhere. They are forced to work in poor working conditions to earn a meagre sum of money to support their family.It is a shame for the society and must be overcome.

Every problem has a solution. We can overcome the problems related to poverty if we fight together in order to make this society a better and healthier place to live in. JBMF believes that even a small effort on our part can bring a smile in someone’s life and hence our main aim is to eradicate the above mentioned problems from the society.Even a small contribution on your part can make a huge difference in the lives of these people.