Abhijit Banerjee on Poverty in India

From The Mint:

But the fact is we have not been able to reduce poverty at a faster rate. Does it show the poor quality of execution of various developmental schemes in India?
Almost surely. Many things that could have reduced poverty—better education, better health, better access to public distribution system—all those things have failed miserably. There is no surprise why poverty is not falling faster. Most of the reason why poverty is falling, is not because of public expenditure, but because (of) these people joining temporarily some urban workforce… that is how poverty is falling.

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  1. But the fact is we have not been able to reduce poverty at a faster rate. Does it show the poor quality of execution of various developmental schemes in India?
    Almost surely. Many things that could have reduced poverty—better education, better health, better access to public distribution system—all those things have failed miserably.

    Ever thought why these programs fails?

    Anyways, why a person is poor (if he is poor)? What does it states?
    Why a person is unable to earn a living?
    Doesn’t it clarifies that he is lazy enough to not to do any work or start begging?
    The sentimental drive of removing poverty is just a propaganda to keep strengthening the statist governments all over the world and harassing the Individual Liberty.

    The back bone of any nation is that force which provides work for those poor but eligible workers.

    Anyways, our indoctrinating government in India taught us alot, like university in diversity, education for all etc…

    Recently, I researched about the program of Sarv Shiksha Yojna, the education for all BS.
    And I realized how idiotic it is…
    Here is the report–
    Myth of education for all

    And then my colleague raised a very genuine question,

    Obviously answer is not it is not a fundamental right.

    Yet, because our peers says that educating every body is good cause.
    So I myself started working in slums visiting poor kids trying to educate them and I got enormous experience about it.

    And I expressed my experience about it here–
    The real grounds-Child labour in Bhopal

    Now after reading all those reports you can very well understand why it is so hollow to talk of removing poverty.

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