COVID-19 is pandemic and it is an international crisis. After seven and half decades of independence, India’s development is apparent and it is like gas balloon. Till it is dominated by poor population and its rich population has become more rich or its resources are in the hands of the rich. Its democratic government many times claims that India is proceeding towards a developed nation. Unfortunately, it might be wrong publicity of the political party in rule. In real terms, it is far away from true nature of all-round development, equity and justice . Firstly, till date government is unable to arrange food for all, work for all and health for all. Natural or any type of disaster is not unexpected and it is always sudden and uncertain. But this nation is unprepared because of absence of sustainable development goal.
India’s population is facing regularly many lacks and death is common incident to its majority because of hunger and allied common factors. And i comparing to COVID-19’s death is more and regular in nature.
UNICEF (2019) reported that ‘malnutrition caused 69 percent of death of children below the age of five in India.’ WHO(2016) mentioned, ‘non -communicable diseases (NCDs) or chronic diseases, kill 38 million people globally every year’ and it was over 5.8 million in 2014 in India (WHO report, 2015). Needless to say, deaths due NCDs rose from 37% in 1990 to 61% in 2016. From a report of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) technically supported by the National Health System Research Centre (NHSRC) (an agency under the National Health Mission of India) reported, ‘over 20% of the population in the country has at least one chronic disease and more than 10% of the people have more than one. Probability of death during the most productive years from one of the four NCDs is 26%.’
Poverty is linked to malnutrition of people. A survey report of National Council of Applied Economic Research’s Human Development Survey (2016) observed that ‘poverty is becoming chronic and hereditary’ in India at least for a sizable population’ and it is in vicious cycle for a certain percentage of population. This report also commented, ‘111 million chronic poor has no way to escape the trap of poverty due to persistent backwardness, inequality, disaster, lack of consistent economic opportunities and social discrimination. It has become the stock market because of its so-called statistical up and down. In 2017, Modiji promised to eradicate poverty by 2020, as part of his “New India” agenda. But is there any effort visible to the people?
India’s the largest crisis is unemployed and it is real factor of suffering of the majority of the population. Statistical figure shows the failure of the government to tackle this issue. According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE)(2019), the unemployment rate in India has been rose to 7.2% in February, 2019, which was 5.9% in 2018 and it also reported that ‘India’s unemployment rate was at its highest level in at least 45 years in 2017-18.
In times of pandemic government puts all efforts through locked down, awareness, alternative health care management , and arrangement of some relief to save the people from COVID-19 . But how would it be saved the people from procession of death due to its chronic economic and health suffering? India is not prepared to manage any crisis due to improper and its politicalised programme and intervention.
The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.
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