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Steps needed to make poverty a history in India
A recently published United Nations report on poverty levels in the world points out that India is home to the largest number of poor with one-third of the world's 1.2 billion extreme poor living in the country.
According to the UN Millennium Development Goals report 2014, the country also had the highest number of under-five deaths in the world in 2012, with 1.4 million children dying before reaching their fifth birthday.

The above findings should be taken as a serious matter of concern for all concerned. Experts, both national and international, need to keep discussing this issue at great length for coming out with best of the solutions to reduce this figure. No doubt, this figure would have been higher but for the good work done by all the previous Government's so far, two-third of the total population are living above the poverty line.

Different options should be discussed for tackling the above issue. One option could be by mandating guaranteed jobs for more than 300 days in a year for all those covered by MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) may help India completely wipe out the poverty levels faced by a section of the population. Therefore, this option should also be debated as a solution.

There cannot be a better proclamation for any Government by saying that "poverty is now a history". Therefore, the present Government should seize the golden opportunity and do everything to ensure that in the coming days, "poverty becomes a history".

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