Crisis of Inequality Gripping India

The fourth edition of the India Exclusion Report comes down heavily on demonetisation and its impact on the poor.

New Delhi:
The fourth edition of the India Exclusion Report, released here on Tuesday,  points towards glaring inequalities gripping the nation and delves deeper into the identification of the sites of inequality.

Releasing the report, Harsh Mander, Director of Center for Equity Studies, said, “each chapter in it is best seen as evidence-based reflections striving to see the extent and ways in which the Indian State has succeeded or failed in fulfilling the constitutional mandate.”

Pointing to the condition of the tea garden workers former JNU student Anirban Bhattacharya said, “The workers are currently at the brink of starvation…” He pointed out that the families have no option left but to break stones at the industrial sites, “it is almost as if we have gone back to the stone ages, with the social security proving to be futile.”

Exposing the dark underbelly of the national capital and tracing the lives of home-based workers Nandini Dey said, “Can you imagine people still earning 25 paise? Or a meagre Rs 40 a day?” She added, “Full families are engaged in these task-based jobs, not covered under any ambit of labour laws, there is lack of collectivisation, there is a need to document these stories and bring them out in the public domain.”

A major part of the report reflected on the failures of the  Bharatiya Janata Party government’s demonetisation policy, shedding light on the gravity of financial exclusion.

The report said the experience of demonetisation as well as the further deterioration in the crisis in agriculture has brought to the forefront the consequences of financial exclusion in India.

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