Poverty Becomes Cruel Joke

Manjula Ramaraju, 33, travels from Yeshwantpura, on the outskirts of Bangalore, to Indiranagar in the heart of the city to work as a domestic help. She earns Rs.5,000 a month. A widow with two school-going children aged six and four, Ramaraju works in an upper middle class household that spends the equivalent of her monthly income on a single meal. She spends Rs.36 every day on just her bus fare to and from work.

The Government, in its latest submission to the Supreme Court, does not accept that she is poor because her daily expenditure works out to more than Rs.32. She has been deemed undeserving of entitlements like cheap food. "The Government has no heart, it takes bribes worth crores but expects me to live on Rs.32 a day. One litre of milk costsRs.21. I have two small children who suffer from malnutrition and have been asked by the doctor to drink one glass of milk every day. The least they can do is provide us with subsidised rations. Are they so rich that they can't understand what it means to be poor in this country? Can Manmohan Singh or Sonia Gandhi live on Rs.32?" she asks, on the verge of tears......Read More


Source: India Today

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