‘Poverty Alleviation Programmes in India remain mere show pieces until and unless they are backed by political will’. Discuss with reference to the performance of the major poverty alleviation programmes in India. (150 W)

Mentor’s Comment:

Dealing with poverty requires multi-dimensional approach. Hence, the government of India has introduced many schemes and programs for poverty alleviation. Introduction should explain in general about the initiatives of government and approach.

Further, mention why such initiatives failed. Mention about the loopholes, nexus, lack of political will, playing vote bank politics and after all the lack of awareness among people regarding programs and policies of government.

Talk about various committees established by successive governments in order to alleviate poverty and associated programs as examples.

Bring conclusion by suggesting what can be done for better poverty alleviation.