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RSS expresses concern over ‘rising income inequality’; terms poverty as ‘demon-like challenge’

Dattatreya Hosabale

New Delhi, October 2: RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale on Sunday expressed concern over alleged rising income inequality and unemployment in the country, asserting that poverty is posing as a “demon-like challenge in front of us”.
However, Hosabale said several steps have been taken in the last few years to address this challenge.
“…We should be sad that 20 crore people are below poverty line. And 23 crore people are earning less than Rs 375 per day. Poverty is a demon-like challenge in front of us. It is important that we put to death this demon,” Hosabale said, while speaking at a webinar organised by Sangh affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM).
Besides poverty, “inequality and unemployment are other two challenges need to be addressed”, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader said.
“There are four crore unemployed people in the country, 2.2 crore in rural areas and 1.8 crore in urban areas. Labour force survey pegs the unemployment rate at 7.6%…We not only need all-India schemes, but also local schemes for generating employment,” he said.
Hosabale also suggested on reviving cottage industries and more initiatives in skill development sector to further increase its penetration in rural areas.
Talking about inequality, Hosabale questioned whether it is good that despite being one of the top six economies, half of the country’s population gets only 13% of the total income.
“….India is among the top six economies of the world. Top one per cent of India’s population has one fifth of the nation’s income. And at the same time, the country’s 50% population gets only 13% of the total income,” he said asking, is this a “good situation?”
Underlining that there is need to generate jobs at the rural level, Hosabale said with this aim SJM has launched Swavalambi Bharat Abhiyan.
He further said through this campaign, the SJM will try to take new initiatives in agriculture and allied sectors, along with providing skill development and marketing at the village level. (PTI)