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Are basic necessities of living reaching every Indian for a ‘decent life’?


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With India treading on the path to development with large aspirations for its economy, it is crucial to know whether every Indian has access to the basic necessities of living, without which life can be tough to lead. Therefore, in order to make sure that all the basic needs of every Indian citizen are fulfilled, the Centre has been working tirelessly and has introduced a number of schemes to deliver optimum living conditions. Hence, it is important to understand how the schemes have fared till now.

As per 3One4 Capital’s latest report, India- A Startups Nation, under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, health assurance has been provided to 362 million beneficiaries in the country. Further, as far as education is concerned, it has been aimed to reduce the drop off rate of the students in the country. Currently, enrolment in class 10th stands at 77 percent and that in class 11th at 52 percent. Under the PM Awas Yojana, 27.4 million houses have been completed.

Next, 99 percent of the Indian population has access to clean water close to home, and 110 million rural households have been provided with tap water connections. As far as electrification is concerned, 100 percent village electrification was achieved in a matter of 988 days, covering 18, 452 villages across India. Along with this, 99 percent of the country’s habitations have been connected with all-weather roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana, which has developed connectivity and communication manifold. Under the Swachh Bharat Yojana, 99 percent Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) have been achieved.

Further, all the 36 states and Union Territories have now been covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), in comparison to only 11 in 2014. Till now, 95.65 million rural women have been provided with free LPG gas connections, and more than 85 percent Indians now own a bank account, owing to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.

The digital sphere is also expanding in the country with 1.2 billion mobile phone users in India in the year 2022 and 600 million smartphone users. 162 smartphones are being sold per annum. There are a total of 800 million internet users in the country, and another 400 million first time internet-users are expected to come online.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.


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