Poverty as a Challenge – Notes
Poverty – Introduction
Poverty is defined as the lack of common things like food, clothing, shelter, safe drinking water, medical care and education, which determine the quality of life.
The concept of social exclusion states that poor people have to live in poor surroundings excluded from neighborhoods of people who are better off.
Vulnerability is the measure of the probability of certain groups of people becoming poor or remaining poor in future.
Poverty Line and Vulnerable Groups
Poverty line is a commonly used measure based on levels on income and consumption by people to identify the poor.
In India, the determination of the poverty line takes into consideration the minimum requirements of food, clothing, footwear, fuel, power, education and healthcare for the subsistence of a person.