Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Throwing light on the various ways to measure poverty, Analyse various issues involved in measurement of poverty in India.

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

4. Throwing light on the various ways to measure poverty, Analyse various issues involved in measurement of poverty in India.  (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Live Mint

Why the question:

We must take note of a discrepancy between what India’s government advocates and what the World Bank reports, as it makes a big difference to our poverty count.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about various ways to measure poverty and issues in regards to poverty measurement.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about importance of poverty measurement.

Body:

First, write about the various ways to measure poverty – National Sample Survey (NSS) based per capita consumption, Income based poverty line, consumption-based poverty line, Poverty line basket, Various committees and international standards etc.

Next, write about the various issues with poverty measurement in India.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward to overcome the above issues.