Topic: population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
1. Examine how India’s poor are likely to tremendously bear the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken to limit its spread. Suggest measures to decrease this impact.(250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why this question:
The author of the article highlights the higher impact of the pandemic on the poor and calls for increased governmental measures to reduce the vulnerability of the poor.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in what way the outbreak mostly hits the poor of the country the most and then discuss what steps need to be taken to overcome the situation and address the grave concerns involved.
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly explain why it’s always the poor who are most vulnerable.
To start with, quote the facts of the current situation. Discuss the hardship that the poor get exposed to owing to such a situation; explain the measures that need to be taken to resolve the situation. Explain the concerns over the fact that the official strategy to fight the virus places the major responsibility on citizens, of whom a majority are poor without access to basic amenities. Explain what needs to be done.
Conclude with way forward.