ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

Caste Dimensions of Poverty and Wealth

Caste Dimensions of Poverty and Wealth

Large income and asset deficits disempower the disadvantaged castes.

Even while the country is debating on the inclusion of data on castes in the next decennial census, two reports released last month highlight the growing inequities confronting the disadvantaged castes. The first report titled “Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (GMPI), 2021,” published by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and the United Nations Development Programme, reveals the high incidence of poverty among the Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC), and Other Backward Class (OBC) segments.

Augmenting these findings is the second report titled “All-India Debt and Investment Survey (AIDIS), 2019,” published by the National Statistical Office, which highlights the disproportionately meagre assets or wealth held by the STs, SCs, and OBCs. Together, these two reports, once again, bring back to the fore the issue of continued deprivations faced by these discriminated groups.

Dear reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Updated On : 27th Nov, 2021

Comments

(-) Hide

EPW looks forward to your comments. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. They may take some time to appear. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW.

Back to Top