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What programmes has the government adopted to help the elderly people and poor and destitute women.

The government is making expenditure to remove poverty. Efforts are being made to increase expenditure on education, health, water supply and sanitation. The government also has a variety of other social security programmes to help a few specific groups. National Social Assistance Programme is one such programme initiated by the central government. Under this programme, elderly people who do not have anyone to take care of are given pension to sustain themselves. Poor women who are destitute widows are also covered under this scheme.


Is there any relationship between unemployment and poverty? Explain.

Due to unemployment, the number of dependents on working population is increasing and as a result per head consumption expenditure is declining and a vast majority of people are living in poverty.


Why are employment generation programmes important in poverty alleviation in India?

Self employment in Rural Areas : Rural Employment Generation Programme

Self employment in Urban Areas : Swarana Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojna.


Why calorie - based norm is not adequate to identify the poor?

Poverty may be defined as the inability to secure the minimum consumption requirements for life such as food, clothing, education and health.


How can creation of income earning assets address the problem of poverty?

Creation of income earning assets help in generating employment opportunities which is helpful in improving the standard of living of the people. With the introduction of employment at opportunities a wider scale, the problem of poverty can be solved to a great extent.