Economics Of Mahavira ► 06 ► [06.14] Poverty and Unemployment - The Poverty Line

Posted: 25.03.2006

It is paradoxical that the position of those who have become wealthy is also unhappy. Diseases caused by affluence have engulfed these countries. It is not true that while wealth grows, ailments diminish. Along with the expansion in wealth, sickness also increases. And with that comes emotional sickness too.

Wealth and disease can never be dissociated from each other. While, on the one hand, the wealthy are suffering from ailments, on the other hand, the poor are also suffering from diseases. Malnutrition is devouring their health. In the poor countries today, the proportion of people living below the poverty line is very large. It was estimated that if in villages people get 2,400 calories and urban people get 2,100 calories, the minimum required level is achieved. If the intake is less than these levels, it is a position below the poverty line.

Today, the number of people living below the poverty line is colossal in poor and developing countries.

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